Skin Stories

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Skin Stories


Saturday Jun 23 01:00 PM
Saturday Jun 23 06:00 PM
Sunday Jun 24 01:00 PM
Sunday Jun 24 04:00 PM
Sunday Jun 24 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:

Directed by Emiko Omori. USA, New Zealand, Samoa, 2003, 60 mins.

This film traces the roots of Pacific Islands tattoo traditions, from the Maori full-face moko, to the 2,000-year-old pe‘a of Samoan chiefs. Tatau has been rescued from the brink of extinction by a new generation of artists committed to cultural survival.


Tatau What One Must Do (short)

Produced and Directed by Micah van der Ryn. USA/Samoa, 1997, 27 mins.

Micah van der Ryn exmines the ancient art of the Samoan tattoo (tatau), its traditional place in Samoan culture, and how Samoans, in their islands and overseas, are embracing and perpetuating the tatau ritual in the struggle to hold onto their cultural identity in the modern world. 


Chief (short)

Directed by Brett Wagner. USA, 2008, 21 mins. English & Samoan with English subtitles

Semu Fatutoa, a Honolulu taxi driver, was once a village chief in Samoa, but tragedy compelled him to cover his tattoos and flee his home. His life changes when a Hawaiian girl desperately needs his help. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival

Opening night reception: June 23 6-7:30pm.
Enjoy food, wine and beer for purchase. Film editor Lisa Altieri will introduce the film Skin Stories at 7:30pm. $15, $12 museum members. Purchase tickets in advance at

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