Still from Mauri
Still from Mauri
 

On Demand

Mauri

by Merata Mita
MAURI explores cultural tensions, identity, and a changing way of life in an East Coast town affected by European settlement.
1988  ·  1h30m  ·  New Zealand
English, Maori
About the Film

MAURI is the story of Rewi, a man haunted by a past which threatens to engulf his future. The story is set among the colourful characters of a once thriving settlement, Te Mata, upon whom the encroachment by Europeans spells disaster.

Now isolated by lack of numbers, time and distance, the remaining survivors form a tight-knit community which outsiders find impenetrable. Rewi’s deceit forces him to become part of that community and his life is inextricably interwoven with those around him.

Distribution Availability: Canada and United States (Non-Theatrical, Community Screening); Worldwide excluding New Zealand and Australia (Internet Rights)
Upcoming Screenings

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Cinema Politica is the proud Canadian distributor of Mauri. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
2001
Douarenenez Cinema-France
2019
Venice Classics
2019
Aussie and Kiwi Film Festival Prague
2020
Hawaii International Film Festival
2020
San Diego Asian Film Festival
2021
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, National Indigenous Month Programme
Producer
Merata Mita
Writer
Merata Mita
Cast
Eva Rickard (as Kara) and Anzac Wallace (as Rewi Rapana)
About the Director

Merata Mita

Merata Mita is a key figure in the story of Māori filmmaking. Through documentaries, interviews and her only dramatic feature Mauri, she was a passionate voice for Māori, and an advocate for social change. A passionate advocate for Māori creative control, director Merata Mita (1942 — 2010) chronicled landmark moments of protest and division in Aotearoa. Her work included Patu!, a documentary on the 1981 Springbok tour, and Mauri (1988), only the second feature to have a Māori woman as director. She features in documentaries Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen and Merata Mita – Making Waves.

(Biography courtesy of New Zealand On Screen.)

 

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