White Lies

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White Lies is 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. (c) Official Site

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Ms. Black, a New Zealand recording artist making her film debut, and Ms. House, both actresses of formidable presence, are well-matched opponents. Ms. Prebble, too, has reserves of power.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

A solid feminine melodrama about the colonial/racist past of the director's adoptive country. [Full review in Spanish]

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Showcases a triangle of strong female performances, impressive cinematography and music.

Mar 18, 2016 | Full Review…

A deeply moving reminder of man's inhumanity to man in less enlightened times.

Mar 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Thematically, White Lies is essential cinema, unafraid to delve into female issues even contemporary societies grapple with.

Mar 7, 2016 | Full Review…

[Whirimako] Black is a towering screen presence who honours not only Rotberg's and Ihimaera's creation but also the centuries-old dignity and customs of her people.

Nov 29, 2013 | Full Review…

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