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Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand

Short Film (Full Length) – 2003

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Actor Wi Kuki Kaa (1938 - 2006) plays Tiare, a Vietnam War veteran who is dislocated by his experiences of war, and homelessness. He wanders the city streets, collecting ephemera in plastic bags. Nancy Brunning plays his daughter, who, with her own daughter, visits their reluctant koro (old man) to convince him to visit his ancestral home. The result is a moving story about a man jolted to find his turangawaewae (place to stand), and the whanau that helps him get there. Directed by Peter Burger, the film was selected for Critics' Week at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Key Cast & Crew

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Wiremu Grace

Writer

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Wi Kuki Kaa

As: Tiare

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Peter Burger

Director

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Catherine Fitzgerald

Producer

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Greg Matetaka

As: Young Tiare

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Sydney Larkins

As: Hineata

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Blueskin Films

Acknowledgements

Executive produced by John Gilbert and Mike Smith of Big House Productions. Made in association with Oktobor and the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission

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