An ironic documentary about how we love our possessions
An anthropology student travels to the pacific island of Samoa – where privat property does not exist – to study its economical system, which she admires. Just arrived in the hotel, her clothes get stolen. The incident sets her off on a furious, comic odyssey to intellectually and emotionally comprehend the full meaning of “sharing” – an odyssey that brings her from sea turtles to the the winner of Samoan idol, has her being received by island’s prime minister and barely avoiding a tsunami, and finally forces her to join the local soccer team.
The theft is a comic documentary about an emotional cultural clash, about our longing for a perfect society, about what property means to us, and about community. The film premiered in competition at Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2017, went on to compete in In the Palace International Film Festival and Le Petit Cannes Film Festival and to win a Rincón International Film Festival Honorary Finalist Award 2018.