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Backers for 'Boy' needed

New Zealand film Boy has 17 days left to raise just over $70,000 for the film to be shown in America.

Taika WaititiBoy director Taika Waititi has taken to Kickstarter to drum up $90,000 in order to "release the film from captivity" and bring it to US cinemas "where it belongs".

So far 236 backers have contributed more than $19,000 to the cause.

Waititi has also promised to "visit as many places as I can so you can beat me up in person afterwards if you didn’t like it. Thanks for your help, mysterious people".

Boy is one of New Zealand's most successful films. It earned nearly $900,000 in the first week of its release and earned more on its opening day than any other Kiwi film.