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Watch NZH Local Focus: Outlook for Otaki sisters is bright

By Sieska Verdonk

Otaki Sisters Maizy and Philadelphia are polar opposites, but they share a talent for film-making.

They've both been picked as finalists for the Outlook for Someday Film Competition.

Thirteen-year-old Maizy's film is focused on the gay rights movement, and uses 3D shapes to illustrate what it means to be different.

"The pink triangle in my movie symbolizes the differences between people. It was first used in the Nazi camps to distinguish homosexuality," says Maizy Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi.

Fifteen-year-old Philadelphia's film is focused on what makes Otaki residents happy.

"It all started off when I wrote a song about the town and how many suicides were happening at the time which was a high percentage and mostly young people. Then I decided to make a movie and the theme was what makes people happy in Otaki," says Philadelphia Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi

The teenagers are travelling to Auckland next week where the winners of Someday Film Competition will be announced.

Their mother Merle, a film enthusiast, is going with them.

"I'm incredibly proud because they're so different. They both show maturity in ways that I didn't think they had in their global vision of the world, not just this small little town that we live in," says Merle Mete-Kingi.

Both Maisy and Philadelphia are now considering their next projects, with the Maoriland film festival coming up in their hometown of Otaki next March.

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