Taua – War Party – Short Film – 2007
A party of returning raiders hauls a massive waka taua (war canoe) through dense Waitakere bush, driven by their brutally insistent chief towards safety. Two water-boys are crouched in the bow. One of them risks a bold act of compassion — towards the trophy prisoner tied to the stern. The impressively-produced portage has echoes of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, but the story is palpably Māori. Directed by Tearepa Kahi, Taua won Best Short at National Geographic’s 2007 All Roads festival, and was selected for Berlin, Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand fests.
Director - Tearepa Kahi / Producer – Quinton Hita/ Exec Producers – Cliff Curtis and Ainsley Gardiner / 15mins/ 35mm / NZ /
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Festivals: Best Short Film National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival, 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam / World sales- NZFILM- Juliette Veber / email@example.com