Tep Tok - Reading Between Our Lines

  • Tep Tok - Reading Between Our Lines
© Sunameke Productions
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society, Intercultural/migrations, Heritage, Arts and crafts
Year of production : 2015
Format : Short
Running time : 80 (in minutes)

Tep Tok is a documentary feature film that focuses on the art and heritage of tattooing in the Central Province of Papua New Guinea. Tep Tok was made over the past 3 years as a fully self-funded project by Sunameke Productions.  Exploring and to some degree reviving this heritage are four women of Papua New Guinean and Australian descent (Julia Mage'au Gray, Paia Ingram, Ranu James & Natalie Richards). The film follows their journey from Australia to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and back. A particular focus of the documentary is the changes in Papua New Guinean society as reflected through the stories of the protagonists as young mixed-race women adapting and (re)creating a culture to which they belong but from which they have also been apart.
Source : Northern Center For Contemporary Art


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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