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Thu 11 Sep 2008, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Don’t miss your chance to see Vincent Ward’s feted film Rain of the Children on the big screen at Wellington’s oldest cinema, The Paramount.

A sell-out at the 2008 New Zealand International Film Festival, this deeply moving film unravels and re-imagines the story of extraordinary Tuhoe woman Puhi.

In 1978, young art student Ward captured the rudimentary existence of Puhi, 80, and her schizophrenic adult son in documentary In Spring One Plants Alone. But Puhi’s belief she was cursed continued to preoccupy Ward.

Fast forward thirty years, and Ward’s haunting historical epic reveals Puhi’s extraordinary and heartbreaking life. Plucked by Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son at age 12, Puhi survived the 1916 police raid on Rua's Maungapohatu community and went on to have 14 children – and lose 13 of them.

Cutting between documentary footage, to-camera narration, contemporary interviews with Tuhoe descendents and breathtaking historical sequences, the film stars heavily-made-up Rena Owen as the older Puhi.

Tickets (the $20 includes a glass of bubbles) can be collected from the Oxfam Wellington office by prior arrangement.

Contact Marianne by emailing, or phoning (04) 4969628 or (021) 110 6086.

Proceeds go to fund Oxfam Water For Survival projects in Africa.

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