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Poi E

Direc­tor: Te Arepa Kahi

New Zealand’s unof­fi­cial nation­al anthem, “Poi E,” is an icon­ic song of cel­e­bra­tion.  A sim­ple tune with a catchy beat, it was released 32 years ago and has since become a cult clas­sic, bring­ing a sense of pride to gen­er­a­tions of New Zealan­ders.  With humor, ener­gy, and emo­tion, this doc­u­men­tary res­ur­rects a sem­i­nal moment in New Zealand his­to­ry, when the nation’s first–ever Maori-lan­guage pop song, “Poi E,” out­sold Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to dom­i­nate the local charts in 1984.  Not only did it stay #1 in New Zealand for 34 weeks, the song has con­tin­ued to rank among the country’s 10 best-sell­ing sin­gles every decade since its release.

The film cen­ters on charis­mat­ic singer and pro­duc­er Dal­va­ni­um Prime, a Maori who meld­ed his people’s tra­di­tion­al song with a 1980s pop beat, cre­at­ing a unique sound that some­how man­aged to tap into the heart of the nation.

Released in 2016

95 min­utes

Tales from the Heart



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