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Rain of the Children (2008)

Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »


Vincent Ward


Vincent Ward, Alison Carter (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harmony Wihapi Harmony Wihapi ... Puhi - 6-8 yrs
Melody Wihapi Melody Wihapi ... Puhi - 10-12 yrs
Mikaira Tawhara Mikaira Tawhara ... Puhi - 12-14 yrs
Miriama Rangi Miriama Rangi ... Puhi - 30-50 yrs
Rena Owen ... Puhi
Hine Boynton Hine Boynton ... Older Puhi
Pine Pine Morehu Pine Pine Morehu ... Older Puhi
Heke Heurea Heke Heurea ... Niki - 4-6 yr old
Hellis Hiroki Hellis Hiroki ... Niki - 8-10 yr old
Papaui Sorenson Papaui Sorenson ... Niki - 8-10 yr old
Tyrone Biddle Tyrone Biddle ... Niki - 12-14 yr old
Ihariara Aranui Ihariara Aranui ... Niki - Teenager
Waihoroi Shortland Waihoroi Shortland ... Older Niki
Vincent Ward ... Vincent Ward / Himself
Toby Morehu Toby Morehu ... Rua - Young Man


Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life and death struggles, walking between spirit and real world, as she bears and loses all of her thirteen children but one. "Rain of the Children" is a dramatic documentary in which filmmaker Vincent Ward attempts to unravel and recreate the life story of Puhi, who he met in 1978 when she was eighty years old. Written by Red Haircrow

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Some secrets are kept forever...


Documentary | Drama



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25 September 2008 (New Zealand) See more »

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Rena Owen is So Good
23 October 2008 | by leighcatleySee all my reviews

Many movie-going Kiwis are still recovering from Vincent Ward's 'Vigil' which plunged us all into a world of grim grey despair.

And still more of us have no trouble remembering how we felt leaving the movie theatre after watching Rena Owen in Once Were Warriers. That was grim too.

And now here they are, both together, telling another story which is not just grim, but downright sad.

But it's beautifully done. Ward has an eye for the detail of human frailty which somehow he manages to get up there on the big screen, whether he's recounting fact (like this story) or fiction.

It's just brilliant work and Rena, girl, you are all class.

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