Turei’s family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 tour. But it’s a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family - particularly his father, a true man of the land.
Mt. Zion is a family-oriented story starring Australian Idol winner Stan Walker in his acting debut and Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors, River Queen). Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi (writer/director of award-winning short film Taua), the inspiration for the story is drawn from his own family background. The film features original music in a uniquely New Zealand Māori take on Marley’s reggae.
A Small Axe Films production in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho.
2013: Mill Valley Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Hofer Filtage,
35mm, DCP, HD Cam SR, Colour, 1:85