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White Lies

"White Lies" is about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people - she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca's position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences. So, Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. Based on the novella "Medicine Woman" by Witi Ihimaera.

Year: 2013
Genre: Drama, New Zealand Film
Country: NZ
Director: Dana Rotberg
Starring: Antonia Prebble, Rachel House, Whirimako Black
Duration: 95 Minutes
Rating: M - Violence, offensive language and nudity
6.7/10
Location in store: New Zealand Film

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