'Mauri' is the story of a man, Rewi, who reclaims his spirituality. Rewi is haunted by a past which threatens to engulf his future. However, his relationships with two women set him on the road to redemption. The elder, Kara, he loves as earth mother and spiritual healer. The younger, Ramari, is a beautiful headstrong woman with whom Rewi shares a volatile sexual attraction and deep painful love which ends in deprivation and rejection. The story is set among the colourful characters of a once thriving settlement, Te Mata, upon who the encroachment by Europeans spells disaster. Now isolated by lack of numbers, time and distance, the remaining survivors form a tight-knit community which outsiders find impenetrable. Rewi's deceit forces him to become part of that community and his life is inextricably interwoven with those around him. 'Mauri' starts with birth, ends with death, and is about life. Written and directed by Merata Mita.
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