Interview on PRI’s The World

photo via @thatwilkinsguy

Filmmaker Taika Waititi grew up in a rural Maori community of New Zealand in the 80s.

He decided to go back to his hometown of Waihau Bay to film a story he wrote.


Anchor Marco Werman talks to Waititi about his hometown and hiring local people as actors and extras for the film.

Listen to the interview on The World website. He also talks about his Maori roots and his family name here.

And this is “web extra”

Taika Waititi, director of “Boy”, compares Iceland and New Zealand.


One response to “Interview on PRI’s The World

  1. Reblogged this on Being Epic and commented:
    Good interview, piece on Maori jack-of-all-trades, Taika Waititi, and specifically his latest film, ‘Boy.’ The film has garnered mucho atencion worldwide, and won many awards. It’s about the story, identity, and journey of a young Maori boy, and was filmed in his hometown, Maori Waihau Bay. I saw Taika on a ‘TEDx’ lecture/series, in Doha, was funny, different, very original. Lastly, one of my best friends is a Maori, and like Maori people and culture: he’s a great freakin’ person: once were warriors(?) — STILL WARRIORS!

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