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The Patriarch

Mahana

LEE TAMAHORI
New Zealand, 2016
103 minutes, Color
Official website

After more than 20 years of directing big-budget Hollywood action films and thrillers, Maori director Lee Tamahori returns home with The Patriarch, a family saga set in rural New Zealand during the 1960s. Based on a novel by Whale Rider author Witi Ihimaera, the film tells the story of 14-year-old Simeon Mahana's journey into adulthood. Simeon's family is ruled by his grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison), an iron-willed tyrant who refuses to give his children ownership of the land they work. When Simeon is caught kissing the daughter of a man with whom Tamihana is feuding, Simeon and his parents are banished to make their own way in the world. The Patriarch is an essential film about the Maori experience and a powerful story about the beauty and pain to be discovered within every family.—Seattle International Film Festival

The Patriarch

Mahana

LEE TAMAHORI
New Zealand, 2016
103 minutes, Color
Official website

After more than 20 years of directing big-budget Hollywood action films and thrillers, Maori director Lee Tamahori returns home with The Patriarch, a family saga set in rural New Zealand during the 1960s. Based on a novel by Whale Rider author Witi Ihimaera, the film tells the story of 14-year-old Simeon Mahana's journey into adulthood. Simeon's family is ruled by his grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison), an iron-willed tyrant who refuses to give his children ownership of the land they work. When Simeon is caught kissing the daughter of a man with whom Tamihana is feuding, Simeon and his parents are banished to make their own way in the world. The Patriarch is an essential film about the Maori experience and a powerful story about the beauty and pain to be discovered within every family.—Seattle International Film Festival


Saturday, April 22
4:30 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater
Tuesday, April 25
8:30 PM
- $14.00 at the theater

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