Maori Boy Genius

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Screen Café

Maori Boy Genius


Raffertys Theatre


04 February 2013

Directed and produced by Pietra Brettkelly

He’s precious, and gifted, a wise man…but really, he is just a child.

President Obama broke the mould. Now, a New Zealand teenager is breaking the mould and may eventually stand in history with such a leader. Maori Boy Genius is a coming-of-age film profiling 16 year old Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti, railing against his people’s statics of uneducated youth, prisons, gangs and alarming suicide rates.

At age 4 he learnt English. At age 13 he graduated university with a degree in Maori studies. At 14 he Googled international politics and up came Yale University. At 16 he enrols in a Yale summer class and heads to the States with his father as a chaperone.

“Ngaa carries the expectation of his people,” says director Brettkelly. “But he’s also a kid who laughs about girlfriends, or simply wants to hang out with his mates.”

PIETRA BRETTKELLY is a New Zealand documentary director and producer, best known for film The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins. Brettkelly was a journalist before becoming a film maker.

COUNTRY: New Zealand
LANGUAGE: English and Maori with English Subtitles

Dates & Times:
7:00pm, Monday 4 February 2013


Due to unforseen circumstances the screening Maori Boy Genius has been cancelled. We hope that there will a future opportunity to screen this unique New Zealand film as part of Screen Café. Please accept our apologies.

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84 minutes (No interval)

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