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Rain of the Children Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2008 Drama Māori

Rain of the Children

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 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 documentary, part historical reenactment — 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. This excerpt goes “way out there in the bush” to the Maungapohatu community where Rua, “made the city of God on Earth”.

You know when trouble comes. The animals and the birds tell us: They give us signs.
– From Puhi's narration