Sembène Film Festival: White Lies (New Zealand)Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for a screening of White Lies (New Zealand), presented in partnership with Sembène – The Film & Art Festival and City of Asylum.
White Lies is 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.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.