For My Father’s Kingdom

March 14, 2021 (Sunday) / 2:00 pm


For My Father’s Kingdom

Dir. Vea Mafile'o, Jeremiah Tauamiti (2019)

In this final film in Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Films series on Syncretism, director Vea Mafile'o investigates why their father, who left the South Pacific island of Tonga decades ago for New Zealand, still insists on giving nearly everything he earns to the Tongan church while his family is stretched to the breaking point. This powerful documentary provides unique insight into Tongan culture, including the tradition of devout Christian tithing or raising money for the community.

Film to be followed by discussion with Gwendolyn Gordon, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School.

Presented by Penn Museum and cosponsored by the Cinema and Media Studies Program, Wolf Humanities Center, Penn Hawaiian Club, and Philadelphia Asian American Film and Filmmakers.