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Kapiti News - 2021-10-13

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Behind the scenes of acclaimed NZ movie

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Aspecial screening of highly acclaimed New Zealand film Cousins at Te Raukura ki Ka¯piti will help raise funds for the upgrade of Mahara Gallery. The event will feature a postscreening Q&A with producer and writer Briar Grace-Smith. Based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace, the film follows the journeys of three cousins in their lifelong search for each other. “Cousins is a story about strength and resilience, touching on epic events in the history of Aotearoa . . . however, at its heart it is an intimate story, about the theft of a child and her family’s lifelong quest to bring her back home to her people,” GraceSmith said. The film has enjoyed significant success both in New Zealand and internationally, playing at the Hawaiian Film Festival in 2021, and also being released in Australia, Canada, the US, UK and on Netflix. In July, Grace-Smith was awarded the 2021 Women in Film & Television Mana Wa¯hine Award. Event organiser Janet Holborow said the event will be an opportunity to hear some of the background and ask questions. “This film is so important and significant, even if you’ve seen it before a second viewing will provide more insight and another rich experience. “We’re honoured to have the opportunity to hear Briar speak about her work, and to ask questions. “It will provide an opportunity to find out more about the incredible story behind the film, and the dedicated mahi to bring it to fruition.” Grace-Smith (Nga¯ti Hau, Nga¯ti Wai, Nga¯ Puhi) is a resident of Paeka¯ka¯riki, Patricia Grace (Ngati Toa, Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa) lives in Waikanae. Ka¯piti local Cohen Holloway, wellknown as member of The Ma¯ori Sidesteps as well as for his acting roles, has a major role. Grace-Smith’s daughter, artist Miriama Grace-Smith (Nga¯ti Hau, Nga¯ti Maniapoto, Nga¯ti Toa, Nga¯ti Porou) played two roles, as actor and art director. Patricia Grace and Miriama GraceSmith and Cohen Holloway also plan to attend the screening, depending on availability and alert levels. The event will be held under Covid levels 1 or 2, with social distancing and Covid safety measures in place. Tickets may therefore be limited, so booking is essential. Bar service will be available and a refreshment is included in the ticket price. All proceeds will go towards the upgrade of Mahara Gallery.

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