Poi E, a simple song with a catchy beat released 32 years ago, has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem.
With humour, energy and emotion, the movie Poi E is the story of how that iconic song gave pride to generations of New Zealanders.
Director Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) captures a unique story that taps into the heart of the nation, from Taika Waititi giving Stan Walker his quirky take on life in the 1980s to Patea Maori Club members’ straight-talking and funny memories of the song’s visionary originator Dalvanius Prime.
Poi E takes the audience on a laugh-and-cry emotional journey as it lays out the hard-scrabble context from which the song was born and the relationships which shaped the song and propelled it forward.
Poi E officially premieres on the opening night of the NZIFF on the 14th July at 7.15pm and then airs on July 23rd and 24th at 6pm.
Songbroker is proud to have licensed Gareth Thomas' song 'G Groove' for Poi E: The Story of Our Song