The Patriarch

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The Patriarch

new zealand farm rural area grudge 1960s

The Patriarch

Release Date: September 01, 2016

Year    :   2016
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Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   The Patriarch Limited
Director    :   Lee Tamahori
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Writers    :   Witi Ihimaera, John Collee
RunTime    :   103 mins.

It is the 1960s. Two Maori families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, make a living shearing sheep on the east coast of New Zealand. The two clans, who are bitter enemies, face each other as rivals at the annual sheep shearing competitions. Simeon is a 14-year-old scion of the Mahana clan. A courageous schoolboy, he rebels against his authoritarian grandfather Tamihana and his traditional ways of thinking and begins to unravel the reasons for the long-standing feud between the two families. Before long, the hierarchies and established structures of the community are in disarray because Tamihana, who is as stubborn as he is proud, is not prepared to acquiesce and pursue new paths. The story is adapted from Witi Ihimaera's novel Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies.

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