Domestic Violence in New Zealand Cinema
A look at three films "The Piano", "Once Were Warriors"; and "Broken English" which offer insight into the social plights of New Zealand and its frequent manifestation of domestic violence.
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A look at the release of domestic violence in New Zealand cinema. The author investigates the nature of conflict and gender bias that viewers are exposed to and how this reflects the social history and how it has impacted past and modern culture in New Zealand.
From the Paper:"The three films, "The Piano" (1993), "Once Were Warriors" (1995) and "Broken English" (1996) all offer insight into the social plights of postcolonial New Zealand and its frequent manifestation in domestic violence. The films are set in societies where gender conflict is rampant as a result of the country's colonial history. The film, "The Piano" assumes a euro centric approach to colonialist New Zealand, dealing with the abusive relationship that results from an arranged marriage between a young Scottish woman named Ada and a European settler, Stewart, in the mid-nineteenth century. This film scrutinizes the subjugation of women during colonial times, but also correlates it with the conquest and oppression of the Maori aboriginals. "Once Were Warriors" centers on the life of Jake Heke, a member of the indigenous Maoris who, living a life of urban poverty, finds refuge and solace in the only thing over which he retains control - his physical strength. A failure in most respects, Jake is only able to derive a sense of dignity through his physical power and masculinity, and therefore uses it as his only weapon. "Broken English" is a film which broaches domestic violence by examining a separate social reality of modern New Zealand; the strife of Croatian immigrants residing in the multi-ethnic, ghettoized urban outskirts of Auckland. This film elucidates the fundamental nature of conflict and gender bias within immigrant cultures."
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Domestic Violence in New Zealand Cinema (2001, October 16) Retrieved May 11, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/essay/domestic-violence-in-new-zealand-cinema-2261/
"Domestic Violence in New Zealand Cinema" 16 October 2001. Web. 11 May. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/essay/domestic-violence-in-new-zealand-cinema-2261/>