Cousins *In-Person*

The story of three cousins connected by blood but separated by life circumstances. Based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace, this poetic and heart felt film shows connection through hope and love. We follow the journeys of Mata, Makareta, and Missy. Three distinct people with three lifepaths woven across time, where they converge and separate. This is a story about how they converge back to the land they once came from.

Mata, who is introverted, is stolen from her home and placed in an orphanage and grows up disconnected from the land. Makareta, having received the best of both worlds, runs away from her duties to be a lawyer far from the land she is connected to, while Missy is the heartbeat of the family, staying on in the place where she grew up. This story is how they reconnect to each other and the land they come from.

Directors: Ainsley Gardiner (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/Ngati Pikiao/Ngati Awa), Briar Grace-Smith (Nga Puhi/Te Arawa)
Producers: Georgina Conder, Libby Hakaraia (Māori/Ngati Kapu/Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga)
New Zealand | 2021 | 99 min
English/Māori w English Subtitles | Dramatic Feature

8 PM EST In Person Event at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto | Tickets available online October 6th, 2021.
*Film available only in Canada *

Wind, Song, and Rain | 8 min | Playing before


Ainsley Gardiner has been a producer on several successful short films and hit movies. She launched Miss Conception Films with fellow producer Georgina Conder. Their work includes the hit comedy The Breaker Uppers and the documentary She Shears. 

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