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Broken Barrier is a New Zealand film. It was directed and produced by John O'Shea (director) and Roger Mirams, and written by O'Shea. It starred Kay Ngarimu and Terence Bayler, and premiered on 10 July 1952. The film addresses mistrust and prejudice between Pakeha and Maori in New Zealand, portraying a romance between a Pakeha man and a Maori woman. The film was somewhat controversial at its release. John OShea (1920 - July 8, 2001) is a New Zealand independent filmaker . ... Terence Bayler (born 1930 in Waganui) is a New Zealand actor. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pakeha is a New Zealand English word for European New Zealanders, that is, New Zealanders of predominantly European descent. ... Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ...

The film is about the relationship between Tom Sullivan, a Pakeha journalist, and Rawi, a Maori woman. Sullivan meets Rawi while researching articles on rural Maori life, and he stays for a time with Rawi's family. Rawi's family disapproves of her relationship with a Pakeha man, ending in a quarrel. Later, however, the two are re-united in the city, where Rawi goes to work as a nurse. The two resume their romance, but this time meet with opposition from Sullivan's family and friends, who do not wish him to be involved with a Maori woman. Sullivan eventually comes to agree with their views, and the couple separate once again. Sullivan has a change of heart, however, when he saved from a a fire by a Maori friend's sacrifice. Sullivan and Rawi are reunited.

External link

  • New Zealand Film Commission page on Broken Barrier

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