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WHINA

For nearly a century, Dame Whina Cooper’s voice never stopped asserting the rights of her people – land rights, women’s rights, education rights – and striving for unity between Māori and Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans).

In 1975, Whina (Rena Owen), frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to unite Māori to fight not only for their land, but for their very existence. Beginning at front Te Roopu O’Te Matakite, she leads a sacred hīkoi (march) over six hundred kilometres, from the top of New Zealand to Parliament House in Wellington.

Following Whina across three key periods in her life, WHINA charts the tumultuous journey and unshakeable inner strength that led Whina Cooper to become one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most formidable leaders. HIFF is honored to welcome legendary actress Rena Owen (ONCE WERE WARRIORS) to the Festival for a special post-screening discussion as part of the Festival’s New American Perspectives program in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation.


WHINA is a part of HIFF42 Film for Thought program, presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

THOUGHTS: WHINA // A Companion essay by scholar ‘Ihilani Lasconia

O‘AHU SCREENINGS SEE BELOW.

 

HILO SCREENING –

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 | 7:00PM | HILO PALACE THEATER

See hilopalace.com for details.

 

SPONSORED BY

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

  

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones
PRODUCER(S)Matthew Metcalfe, Tainui Stephens, Liz Adams
SCREENWRITER(S)James Lucas, Paula Whetu Jones, James Napier Robertson
CASTRena Owen, Miriama McDowell
CINEMATOGRAPHERLeon Narbey

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 107 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Maori, English
SUBTITLES: English

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