Maori Film Director, Penehamine Netana-Patuawa

Maori Film Director, Penehamine Netana-Patuawa

A Dignified Life is, in essence, a story about the tragic nobility of a child dying of leukimia. It is also about the poignantly beautiful love between a Grandson and his Granddad…told with warmth, humour, love and deep abiding sorrow…

Kia ora whanau – while roaming through Facebook, we came across a short film by a talented Maori Director, Penehamine Netana-Patuawa.  It is called ‘Te Whakapouri – The Darkening’:

Te Whakapouri…The Darkening

Wairoa Film Director Festival Leo Koziol called it “…a piece of Creative Genius!”

Penehamine describes ‘Te Whakapouri – The Darkness’ like this: “Three shortened scenes taken from my short film Te Whakapouri…The Darkening which I wrote, produced, directed and edited by myself. Te Whakapouri…The Darkening is a powerful short film about the life of a Maori warrior prophet who undergoes a series of bizarre tests in order to test his faith in Jehovah. The film is based loosely on the life of the 18th Century Maori warrior prophet Te Kooti, who led a successful guerrilla campaign against the colonizing government and his interaction with Jehovah (God) who he believed would lead his people to the Promised Land, by helping him defeat the British and return Aotearoa (New Zealand) to Maori hands. Even though he did not achieve this, he was never captured and was eventually given a full pardon in exchange for the opening of Waikato lands to land surveyors”.

It was a unique film and I wanted to extend a small note of thanks.  Penehamine replied that he was currently working on a new project called ‘A Dignified Life‘, which he describes here:

Wiremu Kapo, a 10 yr old boy, is dying of leukeamia. His Dad has passed away and he only has his Granddad, Timothy Taylor, as the one constant male figure in his life. His rock. His strength. He loves his Grandad and looks upon him with Don Quixote eyes…not as he really is, but, how he dreams him to be. Timothy, in return, loves Wiremu dearly and wants him to spend his last days happily. So he takes him eeling, fishing, riding on the landrover with him. They are inseparable…bonded together in love. And to encourage Wiremu during his final days, Timothy tells him heroic stories of his daring deeds as a young man…but behind the stories, deep within the inner recesses of Timothy’s soul there lurks a dark secret…one which must be kept hidden from Wiremu until the very end.

We loved the korero and were intrigued by that last sentence…

…but behind the stories, deep within the inner recesses of Timothy’s soul there lurks a dark secret…one which must be kept hidden from Wiremu until the very end.

So much so that we would love to put the link to his blog and also ask that you support Penehamine in the making of his film.  His details are on the blog – please leave a comment and we look forward to adding our own measure of tautoko.

Kia kaha Penehamine and Mauri Ora!!

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