Films/Videos

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Cousins

2021

The story of Aboriginal Australian children stolen from their parents - the Stolen Generation(s) - is well known.

Less well known (outside of New Zealand) is that Maori children were stolen from their families too - the theme of this 2021 film, Cousins.

The film is an adaptation from the 1992 novel of the same name by Patricia Grace, a foremost NZ literary figure. It tells the story of 3 cousins - 1 of whom was taken and raised in an orphanage and in foster care - who travel different paths as adults.

Cousins was produced by an all female Maori team and features 9 Maori female actors playing the 3 cousins across 3 stages of their lives.