Maui's Hook

Maui's Hook

Maui's Hook

Five New Zealand families, each grieving over a loved one who took their life, bravely and openly discuss the tragedy of suicide. From the director of Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River and Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka.

"Invoking the skills, cunning and defiance of the legendary tupuna, the title of this stirring film by psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph also alludes to the line on a map traced by the bus trip he takes us on from Parihaka to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga). The travellers who join this hikoi wairua are five families, four Māori, one Pākehā, each grieving the suicide of someone very close. In the bravest, most sobering of interviews, these five families each gather to tell the story of the person in their midst who took their life.

"Joseph conducts and films wānanga with the families as they journey north to release and farewell their loved ones. Addressing the demographic most commonly reflected in our tragic suicide statistics he introduces their fictional surrogate in young Tama (Niwa Whatuira), who observes the suffering of loved ones left behind and comes too late to apprehend that while his pain and anger need not be permanent, death most surely is." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2018Rating: RP13, Deals with suicide91 minsNew ZealandEnglish and Māori with English subtitles
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph ('Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River', 'Tātarakihi: The Children of Parihaka')
Writer:
Lani-rain Feltham
Cast:
Niwa WhatuiraHera FoleyNicola KawanaPaora Joseph
100%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Stuff

Stuff

press

It told me more about a facet of this beautiful, perverse country than any other film has in years. Go and see it.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A double-edged sword for potential viewers: it is at once inevitably painful to acknowledge this tragedy that regularly leaves families and communities reeling, and an essential watch.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It told me more about a facet of this beautiful, perverse country than any other film has in years. Go and see it.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A double-edged sword for potential viewers: it is at once inevitably painful to acknowledge this tragedy that regularly leaves families and communities reeling, and an essential watch.

0

There aren't any user reviews for this movie yet.