Posted Tuesday 25 May 2021
This week we're sharing Milk & Honey, Marina Alofagia McCartney's exploration of two Samoan immigrants' experiences during the infamous 'Dawn Raids' in New Zealand during the 1970s. The film was shot on a budget of NZ$5000, and was written, directed, co-produced and edited by Marina. During the raids police systematically raided the homes and workplaces of suspected Pacific Island overstayers. Milk & Honey follows one such raid, as a pregnant Samoan woman (Nora Aati, pictured) is taken into custody by two police officers. This does not sit well with Constable Salevao (Robbie Magasiva).
Made as part of Marina’s Masters in Screen Production at Auckland University, it was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival.