Rain of the Children

Rain of the Children - 2008

Forward Films Ltd. - 97 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # - 9312590150722

Cast: Miriama Rangi, Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Taungaroa Emile, Waihoroi Shortland, Toby Morehu, Mahue Tawa, Mikaira Tawhara, Harmony Wihapi.
Writer: Vincent Ward; Cinematographers: Leon Narbey, Adam Clark; Composers: John Gibson, Jack Body; Editor: Chris Plummer; Production Designer: Shayne Radford; Visual Effects: George Port; Producers: Vincent Ward, Marg Slater, Tainui Stephens;
Director: Vincent Ward

In 1978, Vincent Ward made the documentary 'In Spring One Plants Alone' about Puhi, an 80 year old Tuhoe Maori woman's day-to-day life in the remote Urewera, caring for her schizophrenic adult son Niki. This docu-drama sets out to unravel the real mystery of Puhi, a woman of extraordinary fortitude who, at the age of 12, was chosen by the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu. At 14, she had her first of 14 children while hiding in the bush, having escaped from the 1916 police raid on Rua's community at Maungapohatu. After a tumultuous second marriage and the manslaughter of her third husband, Puhi was left with her dependant son, Niki, to whom she dedicated herself, trying to protect him at all costs. An unique film that reveals a life we would not otherwise have an opportunity to see. Highly recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B+

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It is presented anamorphic 16:9 with 14:9 pillar box. Audio is either 5.1 dolby digital or 5.1 dts. The only subtitles are occational English ones during comments in Maori. The dvd is R4 Pal. Extras include: Theatrical trailer - 1:33; "Behind the Scenes" - 8:35; a still image gallery and a number of interviews: 'Actresses that play Puhi' - 3:32 (comments mostly by Rena Owen); Iwi co-producer Kero Nacy Tait - 2:13; Vincent Ward - 10:18; Temuera Morrison - 2:07; various tribal advisors - 4:26. The dvd is available from Australian or New Zealand sources under $20.

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