Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood. He is a favorite of his Aunties, and he in turn adores them. But the Aunties have grown old and he fears they may lose their ability to keep the Marae, the communal gathering place of the tribe, alive. Atawhai has been told that the marae meeting house breathes life when the  families gather there.

Atawhai is counting on his three Uncles to help the Aunties. But the Uncles have a major falling out with each other. Atawhai feels powerless to help his Aunties, or intervene in his Uncles’ dispute.

But his Aunties are much wiser than he thinks. Even stubborn men can be taught a lesson when it is done with love.

Atawhai witnesses a timeless tale of his people. He learns a valuable lesson about family and tradition; and his place in both.

Production Year: 
2012 Abu Dhabi Film Festival, UAE 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 2012 BFI London Film Festival, UK 2012 Bristol Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, UK 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canada 2012 Chicago International Film Festival, USA 2012 Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland 2012 Critics’ Week, France 2012 Directors Fortnight, France 2012 Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, Canada 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland 2012 Festival de Cannes, France 2012 Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico 2012 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany 2012 ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Canada 2012 Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA 2012 Sundance Film Festival, USA 2012 Sydney Film Festival, Australia 2012 Tampere Film Festival, Finland 2012 Telluride Film Festival, USA 2012 Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Roles

Exec. Producer

Key Cast

Atawhai Raureti
Aunty Borgia
Rawiri Haka
Rawiri Paratene
Sonny Haka
Sonny Arahanga