Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au – I Am The River, The River Is Me

Petr Lom
/ Netherlands
/ 2024
/ 86 mins
/ English
Asia Pacific Premiere
Opening Night

A journey binding hearts and igniting change.

The Whanganui River is the first river in the world to be recognised as a legal person, as a living adult indivisible being.

Māori river guardian Ned Tapa invites a First Nations Elder from Australia and his daughter, who are activists to saving their own dying river back home, on a five-day canoe trip down this sacred river. Both mirror and inspiration, the river unites all the travellers organically, where everyone has a voice to share stories of humour and light, and a space to heal from the darkness of the past, of enduring historical injustice.

Film Trailer

Director Petr Lom, producer Corinne Van Egeraat, and the Whanganui iwi representatives were present for Q&A following the in-cinema screenings in Christchurch.  Iwi was also present in the Wellington screening.

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Film Info

Director: Petr Lom
Producer: Corinne Van Egeraat
Country: Netherlands
Language: English
Year: 2024
Duration: 86 mins
Category: The Edge of Impact

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