October 21, 2015
Price of Peace best doco at ImagineNative
A film tracking how the lives of Tuhoe activist Tame Iti and his whanau were turned upside down by the 2007 police terror raids has won the best documentary award at the world’s largest indigenous film festival.
The Price of Peace won director Kim Webby and producer Christina Milligan $2000 from the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto.
The judges cited the easy way it moved between humor and rage, optimism and cynicism.
It also tied the political, historical and family stories into a strong narrative that engaged the jury into the world of the main character.
The award should help the film secure it wider distribution.
Mr Iti, who was imprisoned on arms charges arising from running what the prosecution claimed were military style training camps in Te Urewera, says inquiries are coming in from other festivals and he looks forward to traveling with the film next year.
The Price of Peace is available to New Zealand and Australian viewers online at the Maori Television site until the end of the month.
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