July 25, 2019
Venice outing for revamped Mauri
A newly-remastered version of Merata Mita's seminal film, Mauri, has been selected to screen in competition in the Venice Classics section of the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
Heperi Mita, Merata's son and director of Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, says it's a tremendous honour to have the film in the completion, and it vindicates his mother's struggle to break through the barriers of prejudice.
Thirty years on it is still the only feature film written and directed by a Māori woman.
The 35 min film has been digitised at Sir Peter Jackson's Park Road Post in Wellington,
The process was overseen by the film's original cinematographer, Graeme Cowley.
Mauri is the story of Rewi, played by Anzac Wallace, a man whose haunted past threatens to derail his future as he moves into a small Hawkes Bay community.
Activist Eva Rickard played a kuia, Don Selwyn played a cop, and artist Ralph Hotere was the production designer.
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