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HOTERE

By Chris Gore | December 10, 2001

This film has not yet been reviewed. Check back later for the complete review here on FilmThreat.com. Synopsis: Maori Ralph Hotere is New Zealand’s premiere modern artist. His modernist works embody a spirit that is timeless and originates from an indigenous core that acknowledges no boundaries when it comes to creativity. An elegantly woven documentary highlighting Hotere’s works by acclaimed filmmaker Merata Mita, Hotere is a negotiation of space between different thoughts, different worlds, different views, and different media, which really aren’t so different after all. Rather than being reductive about Maori and indigenous art, Hotere’s transcendency can only be described by a quote from Louis Armstrong, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.”

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