Director: Max Currie

87mins, New Zealand, 2021, Digital

Caz (Elz Carrad) returns home to the small dairy farming community of Rūrangi, New Zealand, seeking to rebuild relationships with his friends and estranged father.

Following a decade of no contact, at first, they do not recognise him and struggle to accept his decision to leave. Ten years is a long time, and a lot has changed. His childhood best friend, Anahera (Awahina Rose Ashby), is trying to re-connect with her Māori heritage. His Father (Kirk Torrance) is still processing the death of Caz’s mother, whilst caught in an environmental fight which is dividing the town. Returning was never going to be easy but eventually, as wounds begin to heal, old flames rekindle, and his loved ones start to understand his decision to leave.

Winner of the Frameline Audience Award, Max Currie’s critically acclaimed Rūrangi is a powerful and authentic story interweaving themes of environmentalism, identity, and the strength of finding acceptance.

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