Whina tells the story of Dame Whina Cooper, a woman formed by tradition, compelled by innovation, and guided by an instinct for equality and justice whose legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration to an entire country.
Directed by James Napier Robertson and Paula Whetu Jones, and written by James Lucas, James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones. Produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Tainui Stephens.
Whina screened at a number of international film festivals including the Hawai’i International Film Festival (recipient of the Pasifika Award for Best Feature Film), Sydney Film Festival, Māoriland Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Aussie and Kiwi Film Festival Prague, Native Lens Film Festival Solomon Islands.
Starring Rena Owen, Miriama McDowell, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, James Rolleston and Vinnie Bennett.
Director of Photography
English, Te Reo Māori