Saturday, 13 March 2010

He Wawata Whaea

This is the movie of the life of Mirimiri Penfold. She dedicated her life to the Maori language, teaching it and upholding its use. (She even translated some of Shakespeare's sonnets into Maori.) [The bulk of this movie is in Maori, with subtitles. Fortunately my anime history helps with being use to dealing with watching with subtitles easily.]

An interesting film that shows how she has been involved in some key moments in New Zealand's history, culminating in, what is in her view the moment that cements the preservation of the Maori language, the creation of the Te Reo TV channel.

A fascinating film about an amazing figure in New Zealand Maori-dom.


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