I Matai

10min | Drama | Guam

A fallen warrior is honored by his family in an experimental take of the Ancient Chamoru Death Ceremony.

Director: Kyle Perron, Nico Serneo

Writer: Coming Soon

Stars: Joe Viloria, Ray Vilora, Tamara Manglona

SAT. 11/14    18:00 MIGHTY ISLAND SHORT FILMS (I PLAY WITH MY FOOD, I MATAI)

The film is an experimental take on the ancient Chamoru death ceremony told through the prayers of a man grieving over the death of his brother. Taking elements from directors like Terrence Malick and Robert Eggers, we wanted to create a loose narration that explored the grief of losing a loved one. Creating a “spiritual” kind of mood for the film was very important in representing the process of the death ceremony as well. We continue to strive for a continued connection to our ancestors when we take on these films centered around the Chamoru people. This is only the first step.

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CAST

Joe Viloria
Ray Vilora Tamara Manglona Laraina Manglona Kiana Lei Tenorio Abigail Tamayo Abigail Dollahan Lino S. Rosario Jr. Lorenzo Reyes

PRODUCTION

Directors/Editors:
Kyle Perron & Nico Serneo

Cinematographer: Nico Serneo

Cultural Advisors: Joe Viloria
Ray Viloria

Sound Recorder: Zane Reyes

Makeup/Hair: Nia Serneo

Wardrobe: Joseph Viloria

Grips:
Joseph Silva Michael Frazier

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