by AFP — 8.8.2021
Long before he won an Oscar or directed a Marvel superhero blockbuster, Taika Waititi had a recurring problem while making movies about his native Maori community in New Zealand.
“My early films would get negative feedback about them because they were like, ‘Well there’s not enough cultural specificity,'” he recalled.
“And I was like – I get what’s happening. All they want is to see us riding whales, talking to trees, playing flutes on mountaintops and talking to ghosts, and learning something from our grandmother. And that’s it.”
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