Still from Ngāti
Still from Ngāti
 

On Demand

Ngāti

by Barry Barclay
In a remote coastal town, an Australian doctor becomes deeply and unexpectedly involved in the struggle of a Māori community fighting industrialist powers.
1987  ·  1h33m  ·  New Zealand
English
About the Film

A boy is dying from leukemia; a young Australian doctor uncovers his own Māori heritage; the industrial freezing works that provide employment for the local community are threatened to close down. Set in and around the fictional coastal town of Kapua in 1948, NGĀTI is the story of a Māori community, weaving together threads about friendship, love, and solidarity against the backdrop of the struggle for Indigenous sovereignty.

Acclaimed at Cannes in 1987, Barry Barclay’s first dramatic feature is also the first feature ever written and directed by a Māori filmmaker. A poignant celebration of Maori pride and heritage, NGĀTI calls for decolonization and the community’s re-appropriation of capitalist industries.

Distribution Availability: Canada and United States (Non-Theatrical, Community Screening); Worldwide excluding New Zealand and Australia (Internet Rights)
Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

Cinema Politica is the proud Canadian distributor of Ngāti. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
1987
Cannes Film Festival, Nominee, Critics Week
1987
Taormina Film Festival, Winner, Best Film
1987
New Zealand Film Awards, Winner, Best Soundtrack
1988
Listener Film and Television Awards, Winner, Best film
1988
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best original Screenplay: Tama Poata
1988
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Film Performance - Female: Judy McIntosh
1988
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Film Performance - Male: Wi Kuki Kaa
Director
Barry Barclay
Producer
John O'Shea
Writer
Tama Poata
Cast
Wi Kuki Kaa, Ross Girven, Judy McIntosh
About the Director

Barry Barclay

Barry Barclay — director of landmark TV series Tangata Whenua and feature film Ngati — was a longtime campaigner for the right of indigenous people to tell their own stories, to their own people. In 2004 he was made an Arts Foundation Laureate, and in 2007 a Member of the NZ Order of Merit. Barclay passed away on 19 February 2008, after publishing his acclaimed book Mana Tuturu.

(Biography courtesy of New Zealand On Screen.)

 
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