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WHITE LIES (New Zealand)

March 1, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am

Official Academy Award submission from New Zealand for ‘2014 Best Foreign Film’

White Lies is a story 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.
… Summary written by South Pacific Pictures

Cast: Rachel House, Whirimako Black, Antonia Prebble
Director: Dana Rotberg
Distributor: South Pacific Pictures
Running time: 96 min

Based on the novella “Medicine Woman”


March 1, 2014
9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
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Desert Film Society
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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