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Film, 1987 (Drama, Māori)






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Set in and around the fictional town of Kapua in 1948, Ngati is the story of a Māori community. The film comprises three narrative threads: a boy, Ropata, is dying of leukaemia; the return of a young Australian doctor, Greg, and his discovery that he has Māori heritage; and the fight to keep the local freezing works open. Unique in tone and quietly powerful in its storytelling, Ngati was Barry Barclay's first dramatic feature and the first feature to be written and directed by Māori. Ngati screened in Critics' Week at Cannes. 


A perspective by Catherine Bisley 07.05.2009

Toward the end of Ngati, wahine toa Sally speaks on Māori autonomy; she calls for the community to reclaim ownership of its farms and fisheries. This polemic sums up the intention of director

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 Barry Barclay
 John O'Shea
 Tama Poata

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I am wanting to know the title of the song tracks on this dvd ? please could anybody advise ?

 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

Kia ora Hinga. Yes, Screenline has rebranded - I've updated the buy tab and here's the link to Ngati's page FYI:

 Hinga Pewhairangi

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Hi I have not checked if the link below is the same as I have here to purchase a copy of the DVD ENJOY
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Aw my bff michael tibble is in this

 Sarah Harpur

Sarah Harpur

Hello Ruki
As per the 'Buy it' tab, you can purchase this from Screenline:

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1988 Listener Film and Television Awards
Best Film
Best Original Screenplay (Tama Poata)
Best Film Performance, Female (Judy McIntosh)
Best Film Performance, Male (Wi Kuki Kaa)
Nominated for Best Film Performance, Male (Ross Girven)

1987 Cannes Film Festival
Chosen for Critics Week section

1987 Taormina Film Festival (Italy)
Gold Charybdis Award for Best Film

1987 New Zealand Music Awards
Best Soundtrack (Dalvanius)