Based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace (the first Maori woman to be published and a pioneer in Pacific Islander literature),
Based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace (the first Maori woman to be published and a pioneer in Pacific Islander literature), COUSINS entwines the very different lives of three Maori girls, cousins, through tumultuous decades, after one of them is taken from her family and raised in an orphanage.
We speak with the filmmakers behind the film adaptation and the decades-long journey to bring the beloved novel to the big screen on their own terms. We will also examine this film as a “case study” and inspiration for Kanaka Maoli (First Peoples of Hawai‘i) literature and their own journey for filmed adaptations.
Briar Grace Smith (Co-director, screenwriter, cast: COUSINS) Erin Lau (Director: THE MOON AND THE NIGHT) Vilsoni Hereniko (Director: THE LAND HAS EYES) Justyn Ah Chong (Director: DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKIKI)
Moderated by: Anderson Le (HIFF Artistic Director) Leanne Ferrer (Pacific Islanders in Communications Executive Director)
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