White Lies

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A medicine woman - a giver of life - is asked to hide a secret which may protect one life but which will destroy another.

Based on the novella Medicine Woman by Witi Ihimaera

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  • Status: 
    Completed
  • Format: 
    Feature
  • Genre: 
    Drama
  • Duration: 
    96 min

About

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 will 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.

Technical Info: 
Colour 1:1:85 Dolby Digital
Duration: 
96min
Production Year: 
2013
Production Company: 
South Pacific Pictures
Festival/Awards: 
Toronto International Film Festival (Canada)

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