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// Films // Ngāti


Barry Barclay / New Zealand / 1987 / 93 ' / English


Tama Poata
John O'Shea

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Nominee, Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best Film, Taormina Film Festival
Winner, Best Soundtrack, New Zealand Film Awards
Winner, Best film, Best original Screenplay: Tama Poata, Best Film Performance - Female: Judy McIntosh, Best Film Performance - Male: Wi Kuki Kaa, Listener Film and Television Awards

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In a remote seaside village, a stranger becomes involved in public and personal crises.


Set in and around the fictional town of Kapua in 1948, Ngāti is the story of a Māori community. The film comprises three narrative threads: a boy, Ropata, is dying of leukaemia; the return of a young Australian doctor, Greg, and his discovery that he has Māori heritage; and the fight to keep the local freezing works open. Unique in tone and quietly powerful in its storytelling, Ngāti was Barry Barclay's first dramatic feature, and the first feature to be written and directed by Māori. 


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