Maurizio Benazzo, Zaya Benazzo
/ United States
/ 2024
/ 71 mins
/ English
World Premiere

A testament to the radiant beauty and unbreakable resilience of Māori culture. 

The film is an intimate, visually stunning testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and colonisation — and to the healing ways that are part of the Māori ancestral knowledge. It juxtaposes the enduring trauma of colonialism with the resilience offered through ancestral healing traditions. 

Exploring intergenerational trauma and the loss of indigenous identity it also contrasts traditional healing practices, which provide a holistic approach to well-being, with Western therapeutic trauma-healing methods, disconnected from the indigenous worldviews and relationships. 

An Iwi film representative was present for Q&A following the in-cinema screenings in Christchurch.

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Film Info

Director: Maurizio Benazzo, Zaya Benazzo
Producer: Atarangi Murupaenga, Donna Kerridge, Finley MacNeil, Maurizio Benazzo, Zaya Benazzo
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2024
Duration: 71 mins
Category: The Edge of Impact

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