Maori Boy Genius

Genre:  Documentary, Drama

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A coming-of-age film profiling future leader Ngaa Rauuira, railing against his people's statistics of uneducated youth, 40% of prisoners, and alarming suicide rates.

Ngaa's story reveals a family of eight on a modest income, committing to a US$35,000 Yale bill; a weighty tribal expectation that he will be the voice of his people AND bring success in war dance competitions; laughing and crying with best friends, approaching adulthood and diverging pathways.

Director: Pietra Brettkelly

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