Still from Tama Tū
Still from Tama Tū
 

On Demand

Tama Tū

by Taika Waititi
TAMA TŪ captures the humour and heart of Māori men of the 28th Battalion, who fought the Axis forces in Greece, North Africa and Italy.
2004  ·  18m  ·  New Zealand
English
About the Film

Every culture has its stories and its heroes. For the Māori, the men of the 28th Battalion are legendary. These were soldiers who owed no allegiance to a national flag, but fought and died in the thousands amid the Second World War because they were warriors at heart.

Numerous books and films have been made commemorating the Māori Battalion, who fought the Axis forces in Greece, North Africa and Italy. TAMA TŪ is the first dramatic film that tells this story, but it is not a typical, sombre war story. In this early short, internationally renowned filmmaker Taika Waititi uses historical reconstitution to give humanity and depth to the portrayal of Māori soldiers.

Rifle in hand, six Māori infantry soldiers are posted in a bombed-out house facing a German stronghold. Amid a long, absurd and fearful wait, they respond with a form of their own resistance: with traditional knowledge, humor and solidarity. Communication within the group is reduced to gestures, jokes, games, and mute haka challenges. As they try to distance from the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of the dying and the darkness of war.

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 Tama Tū. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
2004
National Geographic All Roads Festival, Winner, 2nd Place Audience Award
2005
Melbourne International Film Festival, Winner, Best Fiction Short Film
2005
Stockholm International Film Festival, Winner, 1st Prize, Short Film Competition
2005
Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Winner, 1st Place, Best Live Action
2005
Panorama Berlin International Film Festival, Honourable Mention, Special Jury Prize
2005
Aspen Shortsfest, Winner, Jury Award
2006
Flickerfest, Winner, Coopers Award for Best Film
Director
Taika Waititi
Writer
Taika Waititi
Editor
Peter Burger
Cinematographer
Adam Clark
Producers
Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis

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