Maori Boy Genius

Maori Boy Genius

Maori Boy Genius

Winning documentary at the 2012 NZ Movie Awards profiling Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti - an articulate and charismatic 16-year-old prodigy studying political science at Yale, tipped to be New Zealand's first Maori Prime Minister.

"Born under a double rainbow, Ngaa Rauuira carried a weight of expectation ever since - and with it a wealth of iwi pride and support. Steeped in Maori culture and political struggle, he has an avid appetite for political philosophy, and the hope that he might grow into a leader is not one he’s ever ducked. Chaperoned by his father, Rauuira travels to Yale where he is enrolled in intensive political science seminars. In a world away from the wider whānau, he encounters more daunting challenges and choices than have been thrown in his path before.” (New Zealand Film Festival 2012)

Best Documentary at the NZ Film Awards 2012.
2012Rating: Exempt85 minsNew Zealand, Netherlands
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

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The rhetoric surrounding this coming-of-age documentary is weighty, pitching the life of young Otaki/Hastings schoolboy Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti as one of historical significance – even comparing the film to the notion of having followed a teenage Obama around with a camera. Obama went to Harvard. Ngaa Rauuira is off to summer school at Yale University and also has political ambitions. His whanau would clearly love him to be a groundbreaker and become New Zealand’s first Maori prime minister.

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Variety

Variety

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A smart choice for broadcasters and fests, “Genius” should have a healthy shelf life in educational ancillary.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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In its boosterish approach, the film somehow sells him short; in saying he's more than he is, it patronises him - and us too.

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Newshub

Newshub

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There's no denying Pumanawawhiti's maturity and likable character: he makes a great documentary subject.

3.0
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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

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A must-see.

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

The rhetoric surrounding this coming-of-age documentary is weighty, pitching the life of young Otaki/Hastings schoolboy Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti as one of historical significance – even comparing the film to the notion of having followed a teenage Obama around with a camera. Obama went to Harvard. Ngaa Rauuira is off to summer school at Yale University and also has political ambitions. His whanau would clearly love him to be a groundbreaker and become New Zealand’s first Maori prime minister.

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Variety

Variety

press

A smart choice for broadcasters and fests, “Genius” should have a healthy shelf life in educational ancillary.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

In its boosterish approach, the film somehow sells him short; in saying he's more than he is, it patronises him - and us too.

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Newshub

Newshub

press

There's no denying Pumanawawhiti's maturity and likable character: he makes a great documentary subject.

3.0
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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

A must-see.

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