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Rain of the Children Film – 2008 Drama Māori

Rain of the Children

Film – 2008 Drama Māori

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This lauded documentary revisits the subject of a film Vincent Ward made in 1978, aged 21. That film, In Spring One Plants Alone, told the story of 80-year-old Puhi, who lived with her schizophrenic son in the isolated Urewera. The follow-up — part detective doco, part historical re-enactment — focuses on Puhi's life. She married the son of Māori prophet Rua Kenana, had 14 children, and after a run of tragedies, believed herself to be cursed. The excerpt goes “way out there in the bush” to the Maungapohatu community where Rua, “made the city of God on Earth”.

Stunning ... compelling in its personal detail and almost mythic in its sweep.
- Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2008 review by Megan Lehmann

Produced by

Forward Films

Rights

Title licensed by Rialto Distribution.

Acknowledgements

Funded with assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand On Air, Te Māngai Pāho.

Music

Music composed by John Gibson and Jack Body.

Buy it

Available on DVD from Products New Zealand