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White Lies (2013)

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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Dana Rotberg

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Dana Rotberg (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whirimako Black Whirimako Black ... Paraiti
Rachel House ... Maraea
Antonia Prebble ... Rebecca
Nancy Brunning Nancy Brunning ... Horiana
Te Waimarie Kessell Te Waimarie Kessell ... Aroha
Kohuorangi Ta Whara Kohuorangi Ta Whara ... Wirepa
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Hospital Matron
Te Ahurei Rakuraku Te Ahurei Rakuraku ... Young Paraiti
Tahuri o te Rangi Trainor Tait Tahuri o te Rangi Trainor Tait ... Paraiti's Grandfather
Kyle Pryor ... Soldier
Rawiri Waiariki Rawiri Waiariki ... Horiana's Grandchild
Te Whenua Te Kurapa Te Whenua Te Kurapa ... Pirimahana
Tangiroa Tawhara Tangiroa Tawhara ... Woman With Bad Leg
Vanessa Paraki Vanessa Paraki ... Limping Girl
Phil Peleton ... Chemist
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Storyline

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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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

Maori | English

Release Date:

28 November 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Medicine Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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South Pacific Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Official submission of New Zealand to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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1920s New Zealand. Traditional medicine, family secrets
1 July 2013 | by jan-paulSee all my reviews

I had no hesitation in giving this film 10 out of 10. I thought it was extraordinary, as did everyone else in the cinema. Everyone sat respectfully and watched the credits roll and comments heard as we left the cinema were without exception complimentary. What a story - quite dark but very moving as we see the collision of two cultures. I believe White Lies has the potential to win Viewers' Choice Awards at film festivals. There was not a false note in it for me, although some may find Antonia Prebble's character quite rigid - but she needed to be. I am going to see this film again later this week, and it's not often that I do that.


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