Accused of terrorism, running a private militia and jailed on gun charges, political activist Tame Iti fights for his tribe Ngāi Tūhoe to be a sovereign nation within New Zealand. How high is the price of peace?
In 2007, New Zealand police raided a small rural settlement in search of terrorists, setting off a chain of events which took Maori protestor Tame Iti and others into court charged with “murder, arson, kidnapping…”. Tame went to jail on gun charges. The other charges, including the terrorism charge, were dropped or found wanting. Seven years later, in 2014, the police returned to Tame’s family home to apologize to him, his family and his tribe for their actions. Kim Webby’s film is set against the wider historical context of the fight by Tame’s tribe, the Tūhoe people, against the New Zealand government for justice after 170 years of broken promises.
• Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary, ImagiNATIVE Media and Arts Festival, Toronto, 2015
• Jury Prize, Festival International de Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO), Tahiti, 2016
• Rigoberta Menchu 2nd Prize, Festival Autochtone, Montreal, 2016
• NZ Peace Foundation Award, Auckland, 2016
• Best Pacific Feature Documentary, Festival International de Cinema des Peuples, New Caledonia, 2016