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Mauri

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The moderate success of 1987's Ngati (see entry 120359) enabled other filmmakers from New Zealand's Maori population to get their projects off the ground. Mauri deserves mention as the first film ever produced, written and directed by a Maori woman (Merate Mita). The film stars Anzac Wallace, a Maori who has run into nothing but trouble in white society. Picking up a hitchhiker, Wallace inadvertently kills the man in a car accident, then assumes the dead man's identity in order to escape a bank-robbery...more

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