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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
(New Zealand 2013. Dir: Dana Rotberg. English and Māori. 96 mins. )
The UK premiere of White Lies – like Whale Rider, based on a story by Witi Ihimaera – a film about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea, the servant of the wealthy Rebecca, who seeks her knowledge and assistance to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. The three women become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation.
Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub