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Maori Boy Genius

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a film by Pietra Brettkelly

"He's precious, and gifted, a wiseman... but really he's just a child. Hee, hee." Obama broke the mould. And a teenager in New Zealand is breaking the mould to eventually stand in history with such a leader. MAORI BOY GENIUS is a coming-of-age film profiling 16 year-old Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti, railing against his people's statistics of uneducated youth, prisons, gangs and alarming suicide rates. At 4 he learnt English. At 12 he began his first university degree. At 14 he googled international politics and up came Yale University. What if you could turn back the clock and watch the minds forming of those who would create political zeitgeist shifts in the future? MAORI BOY GENIUS does just that.

http://www.maoriboygenius.com

Troilus and Cressida

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Troilus and Cressida, The famous Shakespeare tragedy – in Te Reo Maori! Set during the Trojan wars, Troilus and Cressida follows the love between a Trojan prince and maiden and features struggles of power, hierarchy and honour between some of history’s greatest characters. Immediately following the New Zealand International Arts Festival it travelled on to London to represent New Zealand at the international Globe to Globe festival – an unprecedented programme at London’s Globe Theatre of 37 multi-lingual Shakespeare productions from around the world.

Adapted by Ngakau Toa, with a new translation by Te Haumiata Mason and featuring a host of our most respected Maori actors making up the cast. Rawiri Paratene (Whale Rider) stars as Pandarus. Directed by Rachel House and Wetini Mitai-Ngatai.