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A medicine woman - a giver of life - is asked to hide a secret which may protect one life but which will destroy another.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whirimako Black ...
Paraiti
Rachel House ...
Maraea
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Rebecca
Nancy Brunning ...
Horiana
Te Waimarie Kessell ...
Aroha
Kohuorangi Ta Whara ...
Wirepa
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Hospital Matron
Te Ahurei Rakuraku ...
Young Paraiti
Tahuri o te Rangi Trainor Tait ...
Paraiti's Grandfather
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Soldier
Rawiri Waiariki ...
Horiana's Grandchild
Te Whenua Te Kurapa ...
Pirimahana
Tangiroa Tawhara ...
Woman With Bad Leg
Vanessa Paraki ...
Limping Girl
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Chemist
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White Lies is a story 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 rural, tribal 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 (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca's position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences. So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. Written by South Pacific Pictures

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Survival and identity
2 August 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I loved it. The dialog was clunky but the performances were mighty and made up for it. I thought the 3 leads were fantastic. I wanted to know more about them all. I've been quite taken aback at the drastically opposing opinions. It's split my friends and family although I have to say the majority have absolutely loved but a few have disliked intensely. We've had a few arguments mostly because they felt picked on as white New Zealanders. I didn't, it was just too interesting. Such polarising views says a lot about the director. I felt she presented a very strong and unforgiving view of her interpretation of our history. Design and cinematography were outstanding. Bravo.


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