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A high school misfit with severe OCD forms an unlikely bond with a popular classmate through a shared passion for music and dance. An inspiring story of friendship that connects Pasifika culture, LGBTQIA+ awareness, overcoming bullying and anxiety disorder.

MJ is the ridicule of his high school peers. His obsessive-compulsive need to avoid cracks in the pavement and finger-tap doorframes before entering make him a target for relentless bullying.

Chief among his tormentors is Selena. When MJ discovers a secret that threatens Selena’s standing within her devout Samoan family and popular school clique, the two teenagers form an unlikely bond through a shared passion for music and dance.

When a series of events reveals Selena’s true persona to the entire school, MJ must try and overcome his own affliction to stand up for his new friend.

Directors: Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo

Producers: Alex Lovell & Eldon Booth

Writers: Eldon Booth, Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo

Cinematography: Ian McCarroll

Art Directors: Vea Mafile’o & Emily Mafile’o

Editors: Luke Haigh & Eldon Booth

Composer: Soraya LaPread

Choreography: Tony Pati

Made in association with the New Zealand Film Commission


Villa Junior Lemanu

Luciane Buchanan

Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson

Theo David

Lusia Neemia


Jeremiah Tauamiti

Marlon Tu’ipulotu

Ray Ray Nu’uola

Ella Hope-Higginson

Katerina Fatupaito 

Genre: Drama (Short)

Released: June 2018

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Colour)

Language: English, Samoan (with English subtitles)

Duration: 15:00



Academy Award Qualifier, Live Action Short Film (2020)

Best Narrative Short, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival (2020)

People’s Choice for Best Short Drama, Māoriland Film Festival (2019)

Moon Jury Prize, ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2018)

Audience Award, Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival (2018)

Friends of the Civic Award, Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival (2018)

Best NZ Film, Show Me Shorts Film Festival (2018)

Best Screenplay, Show Me Shorts Film Festival (2018)

Best Actor (Villa Junior Lemanu), Show Me Shorts Film Festival (2018)

Moana Best Pasifika Film, Wairoa Māori Film Festival (2018)

Gold Award (Ian McCarroll), New Zealand Cinematographers Society Awards (2018)

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