Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Weniti (The Maori Merchant of Venice)
The Maori Merchant of Venice (Māori: Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Weniti) is a 2002 New Zealand drama film in the Māori language (with English subtitles), directed by Don Selwyn.
The play The Merchant of Venice was translated into Māori in 1945 by Pei Te Hurinui Jones, and his translation is used for the film. It is the first Māori-language film adaptation of any of William Shakespeare’s plays. The film was shot in Auckland, but set in 16th century Venice.
Waihoroi Shortland … Hairoka (Shylock)
Ngarimu Daniels … Pohia (Portia)
Te Rangihau Gilbert … Patanio (Bassanio)
Scott Morrison … Anatonio (Antonio)
Veeshayne Armstrong … Nerita (Nerissa)
Sonny Kirikiri … Karatiano (Gratiano)
Te Kauhoe Wano … Hararino (Salerio)
Wharehoka Wano … Haranio (Solanio)
Te Arepa Kahi … Roreneto (Lorenzo)
Ngatai Rangihau … Renato (Leonardo)
Lawrence Makoare … Pirihina o Morako (Prince of Morocco)
Samson Pehi … Pirihina o Arakona (Prince of Arragon)
Mana Epiha … Ranaharoto (Launcelot Gobbo)
Eru Potaka Dewes … Kopo Kaumatua
Reikura Morgan … Tiehika
I would like to thank the creators of this project and MIT for making this material available to us. As an instructor at the University of Toronto, I’ve found it immensely helpful in designing and delivering my courses. Adding material from Africa would make the project even more successful. Regards.
I first saw this performance live at Te Koanga Festival of Maori Arts1990, in Auckland. It was without doubt the finest performance I’ve ever seen and I grew up with Shakespeare. Waihoroi Shortland was a stunning and hugely sympathetic Shylock who moved most of the audience to tears. No histrionics, just a quiet man subject to prejudice trying to get justice in a system which despised him. Most Maori know exactly what that’s like.
If you could make this movie downloadable, for a fee of course, I know many people, schools & universities who would be interested. Perhaps negotiate with the Film Commission?