Tama Tu

2004
18min
Short
Synopsis: 

Six Maori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of an Italian home.  Forced into silence they keep themselves amused like any boys would, with jokes and laughter.  As they try to ignore the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of the dying.

They gather to say a karakia (prayer) to unite their spirits before they head back into the dark of war.

Status: 
Released
Genre: 
Comedy

Credits:

Directed by: 
Screenplay by: 
Crew: 
Director of Photography
Production Designer
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.
Technical information: 
Colour, 35mm, Te Reo

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