“Cousins” follows the trio from childhood to maturity. When Mata is taken away from her household, she’s informed, “We’re going to get you again, Mata. I promise.” The cousins’ emotional reunion is years within the making.
Te Ao Marama Baker, Te Raukura Grey, Ana Scotney, and Tanea Heke painting Mata at completely different phases of her life. Keyahne Patrick Williams, Rachel Home, and Hariata Moriarty painting Missy, and Shannon Williams, Mihi Te Rauhi Daniels, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, and Briar Grace-Smith play Makareta.
One in every of New Zealand’s high movies of 2021, “Cousins” is directed by Māori filmmaking duo Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith and made its pageant debut on the 2021 Māoriland Movie Pageant, the place it took dwelling the Folks’s Selection for Finest Characteristic Drama.
Gardiner beforehand co-directed “Waru,” an anthology movie helmed completely by ladies Māori filmmakers.
“Cousins” launches on Netflix July 22.