by Scoop — 05 February 2022
Trailer Unveiled For Blockbuster NZ Feature Film Whina, With All Star Cast Including Rena Owen, Miriama Mcdowell, Vinnie Bennett And James Rolleston
Transmission Films in association with Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) are proud to release the trailer for the highly anticipated local feature film Whina – which will have its nationwide cinema release on June 23, 2022, aligning with the inaugural Matariki long weekend.
Whina tells the inspirational story of Dame Whina Cooper, New Zealand’s Te Whaea o Te Motu (The Mother of the Nation), her tumultuous life journey and unshakeable inner strength that led her to become one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most remarkable leaders. Whina’s life’s purpose for racial equality and land rights culminated in leading a sacred hīkoi (march) over six hundred kilometres, from the top of New Zealand to the national parliament in Wellington, to unite Māori pride and Pākehā honour.
Set over most of Dame Whina Cooper’s long life Whina stars Rena Owen (Ngāpuhi) (Once Were Warriors) as the elderly Whina and Miriama McDowell (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) (Waru, The Dark Horse) as the younger Whina. Tioreore Ngātai-Melbourne portrays Whina as a teenager.
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