About

Every culture has its stories and its heroes. For us, the men of the 28 (Maori) Battalion are legendary. These were soldiers who owed no allegiance to a flag but fought and died in their thousands because they were warriors at heart. When they fought they fought for their own lands and their own families, and whilst they encountered racism from their own within the army, their name and their faces became legendary on both sides of the War.

There have been numerous books written and documentaries made on the 28 (Maori) Battalion. Tama Tū is the first drama told of our men and that war. What’s more, it is not a typical, sombre war story. It captures the humour and heart of these soldiers as well as the tragedy of the time. It is a tribute to all of those soldiers of 28 Battalion who were lost and to the mana (status) and lives of those who were not. It is a film made by us for them that we now take to the world in their honour.

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35mm, Te Reo
Duration: 
18min
Production Year: 
2004
Production Company: 
Aio Pictures
Festival/Awards: 
2005 - 'Special Jury Mention' Sundance Film Festival, 'Special Jury Mention' 'Jury Prize' Berlin Film Festival, 'Special Jury Award' Aspen Shortsfest, 'Best Short Fiction Film' Melbourne International Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film