Ralph Hotere is one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists, but he's notoriously reluctant to discuss his work or offer possible "meanings" behind his paintings, sculptures, and installations. In Hotere, a documentary by Merata Mita, the artist declines to speak on camera about his work (though the film does offer a few archival film clips of Hotere talking about his art); instead, the director offers an impressionistic portrait of the man, while offering us a look at his art in hopes of better understanding the man who created it. Hotere received its North American premier at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
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