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Maui’s Hook

NZ | 91mins | RP13 Deals with suicide

  • Directed by Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph (‘Te Awa Tupua – Voices from the River’, ‘Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka’)
  • Starring Niwa Whatuira, Hera Foley, Nicola Kawana, Paora Joseph
  • Written by Lani-rain Feltham
  • Documentary, Festival & Independent
  • English and Māori with English subtitles
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  • 11 Oct, Thursday, 7:30PM NEW
  • 12 Oct, Friday, 7:30PM final

Support agencies will be attending and present after the screening should anyone need support or advice

Tickets $15, no door sales

Phone Rachael on 0274 510 276 or email rachael.brown@victimsupport.org.nz with:

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Funds raised go to Victim Support Central Otago

, Those who are dying are children. We need to stop the hurt. We need to reveal the depth of this issue to the world.

“Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of the legendary tupuna, the title of this stirring film by psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph also alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip he takes us on from Parihaka to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hikoi wairua are five families, four Māori, one Pākehā, each grieving the suicide of someone very close. In the bravest, most sobering of interviews, these five families each gather to tell the story of the person in their midst who took their life.

“Joseph conducts and films wānanga with the families as they journey north to release and farewell their loved ones. Addressing the demographic most commonly reflected in our tragic suicide statistics he introduces their fictional surrogate in young Tama (Niwa Whatuira), who observes the suffering of loved ones left behind and comes too late to apprehend that while his pain and anger need not be permanent, death most surely is.” (New Zealand International Film Festival)

faces these sensitive subjects with remarkable openness and grace

It told me more about a facet of this beautiful, perverse country than any other film has in years. Go and see it.