TIFF 2021: International Premiere of THE PANTHERS | Created by Tom Hern and Halaifonua Finau | Starring Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi and Lealani Siaosi

Created by Showrunners and Executive Producers Tom Hern (The Dark Horse, The Meg),  Halaifonua Finau (Jonah, Baby Mama’s Club)

Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi and Lealani Siaosi star alongside Beulah Koale (Thank You for Your Service, “Hawaii Five-O”), Frankie Adams (Mortal Engines, “The Expanse”) and Roy Billing (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “Underbelly”).

1974, Auckland, New Zealand: Will ‘Ilolahia, the black sheep of his Tongan family and “The Professor” of the streets, is frustrated by his community being stuck in a broken economic and criminal justice system. In the face of increasingly aggressive racial profiling from the government and police force, Will and a group of young, Polynesian street-gangsters and university students take inspiration from Huey P. Newton and The Black Panther organization in the US and form their own revolutionary movement, The Polynesian Panthers, as a catalyst for demanding justice and equality.

Whilst trying to live up to his conservative, immigrant parents’ expectations and not be completely blinded by his love for street queen, Tessa, Will must grow up fast to become the history-making revolutionary that his community so desperately needs him to be.

TIFF SCREENINGS:

Thursday, 9/9 @ 7:30 PM – Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (In-Person)

Digital Premiere Screening: Friday 9/10 at 1:00 PM – digital TIFF Bell Lightbox (Availability: Canada)

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