by Scoop — 22 July 2022
Now in it’s fifth week of release, Whina has taken over one million dollars at the New Zealand box office and remains in the top ten chart of films currently in theatrical release.
Written by Paula Whetu Jones, James Napier Robertson and James Lucas, directed by Paula Whetu Jones and James Napier Robertson and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Tainui Stephens, Whina tells the story of Dame Whina Cooper, the beloved Māori matriarch who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of her people, especially women. Flawed yet resilient, the film shows a woman formed by tradition, compelled by innovation, and guided by an instinct for equality and justice whose legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration to an entire country.
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