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The Silent One

About the show:

The Silent One tells the story of Jonassi (Telo Malase), a deaf, mute Cook Island boy who mysteriously emerges from the sea as an infant.

Jonassi is a uniquely gifted young man who grows up in an isolated Pacific village after being adopted by one of the villagers. It is soon discovered that Jonassi is not like the other villagers. He is special, and his differences lead to suspicion from the villagers. After a series of natural disasters are blamed on him, Jonassi is ostracised and swept towards his strange destiny.

Based on a mythological children's drama by Joy Cowley, The Silent One was the first New Zealand dramatic feature to be directed by a woman (Yvonne Mackay).

The Silent One starts Saturday 10 July at 11pm on TVNZ Heartland.

For further screenings, visit the TVNZ Heartland programme schedule here .