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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.

Director:

Dana Rotberg

Writers:

Dana Rotberg (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whirimako Black Whirimako Black ... Paraiti
Rachel House ... Maraea
Antonia Prebble ... Rebecca
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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To save one life, two lives may be lost, and three will change forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Antonia Prebble's first nude scene. See more »

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Always important to show these stories
6 September 2020 | by nealhugh17See all my reviews

Important and heartful. All children can benefit. THESE STORIES ARE MEANINGFUL AND NEED TO BE TOLD. CONGRATS TO DR.


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

Maori | English

Release Date:

28 November 2013 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

White Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,740, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$2,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,346
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South Pacific Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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