Red, White & Brass

When the window for securing a ticket to the Tonga versus France Rugby World Cup game closes, Maka (John-Paul Foliaki) is forced to get creative for his chance to see his favourite team. The only way he can make it work is to perform with his brass band at this monumental match. The problem is that he doesn’t have a band, instruments, or any musical ability at all. To make this group a reality, he’ll have to convince his friends and family in Wellington’s Tongan community to join him in his quixotic endeavour.

With Red, White and Brass, director Damon Fepulea’i whips up a charming tale of what’s possible when you band together against improbable odds and set your sights on a goal that’s just out of reach. Foliaki leads the film’s colourful ensemble through their many hilarious misadventures and feel-good finale.

Co-presented by Wavelength Music.

IMPORTANT: All film screenings on Friday, October 20, 2023 are FREE. Tickets can ONLY be collected on October 20, 2023 at the in-person imagineNATIVE Box Office located at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. No advance booking available. There is a limit of TWO tickets per person. This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the TD Bank Group

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