DVD - 2012
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It is tradition that Kawariki become the leader of the family now that his father is retiring. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes.
Publisher: New Almaden, CA : Wolfe Video LLC, [2012]
Description: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781935423522
Branch Call Number: DVD Kawa


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jmmason Sep 11, 2012

This indie from New Zealand could just as easily have come from Seattle. This is the sort of thing NBC used to churn out two decades ago as the "Movie of the Week," this time a kind-of Meredith Baxter Birney goes Maori. Its about a divorce and the effects it has on co-workers and grandparents. Now, haven't we seen that one before? The twist is that this time there's an evil homosexual trying to come out of the closet at age 40 and his selfishness is ruining, just ruining, everyone else's life. Give me a break. Cliches abound. There is nothing original going on here. The real barf-bag deal breaker is that the screenplay was written by a woman; the movie was directed by a woman; and the two producers of the project are both women. As a gay man I want to ask: what the hell do females know about male homosexuals? What it feels like to be a gay man in a straight world? What it feels like to be a gay man in a gay world? Can you imagine if four men got together and tried to make a film about a female coming to terms with her homosexuality? What an insult that would be.

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