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Two Decades Later, 'Once Were Warriors' Still a Powerhouse

Directed by: Lee Tamahori; Runtime: 102 minutes Grade: A Glimpsing into the workings of another culture through cinematic storytelling can be rewarding on its own, but those kinds of films hold even more power when they tie together and reflect upon widespread, relatable social concerns. Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors offers such a look at New Zealand's indigenous Maori tribe and their perseverance in the modern era, highlighting how different descendants interpret -- or eschew -- their heritage.
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