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Director : Thomas Burstyn

New Zealand / 2009 / 86 min / Video

Official Selection,  Boulogne Billancourt International Film Festival 2011


A film about a family: Mum; dad; six kids and 50 wild horses; a beach; a mountain and a burnt down house. Against the stunning beauty of New Zealand's rugged Ruahine Mountains, Peter Karena and his wife Colleen struggle to instil in their kids the values of independence, courage and happiness. The family has little in the way of material possessions but they possess a physicality most of us can only dream of. Shot over four years, this way of life is an intimate portrait of a Maori family and their relationship with nature, adversity, their horses and society at large.

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