Cousins

  • Screening Dates: 1st July, 6pm  //  8th July, 8pm
  • Starring: Birar Grace Smith, Rachel House, Miriama Smith, Te Raukura Gray, Te Rauhi Daniels and Keyahne Patrick Williams
  • Directed by: Ainsley Gardner & Briar Grace Smith
  • Running time: 98 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: Te Reo Maori & English
Synopsis:
NZ  |  DRAMA:  Matariki feature film 2021 

3 Māori cousins.

Mata, introverted, watchful, a seer of spirits, the child of a Māori mother and an abusive Pākehā (white) father. Makareta, raised to be the princess of her tribe, spoilt and educated in both worlds. Missy, cheeky, insecure and often overlooked, the heartbeat of her family.

Stolen from her whānau, placed in an orphanage and watched over by a vengeful guardian, Mata lives out her childhood in fear and bewilderment, saved only by her wonderful imagination. Years pass, Makareta becomes a lawyer and Missy works the land, but things don’t go well for Mata.

While Mata searches for her long dead mother, Makareta searches for Mata. Their paths nearly cross several times over the yeats when finally they find each other.