Friday, June 21, 2013

White Lies

Director: Dana Rotberg

Starring: Rachel House, Whirimako Black, Antonia Prebble

A slow moving movie based on Witi Ihimaera’s novella "Medicine Woman. " Maori , Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is left to live the life of a nomad after her father is killed by soldiers and learns to become a Maori healer (aka Medicine Woman) and teach tikanga (i.e. the old ways). When Maraea’s (Rachel House) mistress, Rebecca Vickers (Antonia Prebble) falls pregnant and wants an abortion she asks a reluctant Paraiti to help her. Clash of cultures ensues in this beautifully shot but rather melancholic movie.

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