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James & Isey

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Synopsis: A joyful story about the irrepressible kuia Isey Cross turning 100 years old. She lives with her adult son James on their small farm in Kawakawa, New Zealand. They are descendants of Ngāti Manu -- the Bird People. Isey is turning 100 years old in a week. In their unique relationship, James has devoted the last 20 years to looking after his mum. Isey explains her worldview and James reveals the spiritual preparations he has made before this milestone celebration. Northland filmmaker Florian Habicht follows the duo in their incredible week leading up to the 'big event.' This is a heartwarming tale of life, life, lols, nek minnit having a whiskey, whānau, and a glimpse into te ao Māori.

Festival/Awards: 2021: Melbourne International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival 2022: Salt Lake Film Society Māsima: Pacific Island Film Tour

  • Genre : Documentary
  • Director(s) : Florian Habicht
  • Run Time : 1h 31m
  • Release Year : 2021
  • Country : New Zealand
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