September 06

TIFF 2021: International Premiere of THE PANTHERS | Created by Tom Hern and Halaifonua Finau | Starring Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi and Lealani Siaosi | Exciting New Series Retells Story of How the Polynesian Panther Party was founded in 1970s Aotearo


Created by Showrunners and Executive Producers Tom Hern (The Dark HorseThe Meg),  Halaifonua Finau (JonahBaby 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.


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

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

P&I Screening: Friday, 9/10 @ 1:00PM EDT – TIFF Digital Cinema Pro (Worldwide except NZ and Australia)


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We would like to thank signature_1940887648 /Steve Moreau for the press release.