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PBS Online Film Festival 2017: "Maria"

Posted on July 11, 2017

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We are excited to announce that our 2017 entry to the PBS Online Film Festival is the Aotearoa (New Zealand) film, Maria

Beginning July 17, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices. The film with most votes will receive the “Most Popular” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize”. 


About Maria 
This film follows the matriarch of a large Polynesian family who lies bedridden and silent, unable or unwilling to speak after a long illness. When a family crisis strikes, Nan Maria gets unexpected help as she struggles to reunite her fractured family. 


Behind the Lens

"PBS: We see how the loss of a loved one, a child especially, can put a strain on family relationships. What was the inspiration behind telling this story?

Karin Williams: The film is based on a true story from the writer’s own family and the passing of his niece, to whom the film is dedicated. Taofia Pelesasais is an actor and writer of Samoan and Tokelau Islands descent, born in Aotearoa (New Zealand). He wrote the script as a tribute to the women of his ‘aiga – extended family – and their resilience."

Read more from the producer, Karin Williams in an in-depth Q&A about the film. 


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Categories: Film Festival