Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances, yet bound together by blood.
Orphaned Mata believes she has no whānau (family) and lives out her lonely childhood in an orphanage in fear and bewilderment. Back home on the land, educated Makareta flees an arranged marriage to study law and begin the search for her missing cousin. She leaves behind cheeky yet dutiful Missy who takes on her role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women’s promise to bring their stolen cousin home seems more unlikely than ever, until a chance encounter changes everything.
Cousins is based on Patricia Grace’s decade-spanning novel following the fate of three Māori cousins in post WWll Aotearoa, when Mata’s removal from her whānau into state care profoundly affects each woman.
Pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita’s dream of turning Cousins into a movie ended with her death in 2010. The project was picked up by director Ainsley Gardiner and writer/director Briar Grace-Smith. The ensemble cast includes Rachel House and Tanea Heke.
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“…an understated, yet emotion-filled tale of love and loss…”
James Croot – Stuff.co.nz
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