Tanna (2015)

Tanna
Director: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Writer: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, John Collee
Cast: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia, Lingai Kowia, Dadwa Mungau, Linette Yowayin, Kapan Cook, Mungau Yokay, Mikum Tainakou
Seen on: 4.4.2017

Plot:
On a small pacific island ruled by a volcano and the patriarchal structure of the tribes that live on it, Wawa (Marie Wawa) and Dain (Mungau Dain) are in love. But after altercations with another tribe, Dain – the Chief’s grandson – is supposed to marry a woman from that other tribe to cement their peaceful relationship. But Wawa and Dain can’t accept their separation easily.

Tanna is an unusual film that deserves to be seen, although it also has a few lengths that kept me at a bit of a distance from the film.

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Mahana [The Patriarch] (2016)

Mahana
Director: Lee Tamahori
Writer: John Collee
Based on: Witi Ihimaera‘s novel Bulibasha: King Of The Gypsies
Cast: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty, Regan Taylor, Maria Walker, Sienna MacKinlay, Tuhiwhakauraoterangi Wallace-Ihakara, Kyra McRae, Eds Eramiha, Ngahuia Piripi, Yvonne Porter, Te Kohe Tuhaka
Seen on: 12.10.2016

Plot:
Simeon (Akuhate Keefe) has always been a good kid. But now he is approaching adulthood and is ready to make the transition and work with the men of his family in their sheep business. But his grandfather Tamihana (Temuera Morrison) is not convinced of Simeon’s maturity and tells him to stay behind with the women and other children. This disappointment causes Simeon to reevaluate Tamihana as the undisputed ruler of the family and even the entire family’s rivalry with the Poate family.

Mahana is beautiful, big, emotional cinema. It’s a sweeping epic as only a private family story can be and left me crying my heart out more than once.

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