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Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika Waititi: "they are a bunch of young men [...] who have a special bond, strengthened by their character, their culture and each other." Shot in the rubble of the old Wellington Hospital Tama Tū won international acclaim: honourable mention at Sundance and a special jury prize at Berlin.

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Could be a good full length movie if extended. Tino Pai

 greg Warrington

greg Warrington

Just read their war diary of it at victoria uni, they were dam good at what they did, no wonder the Germans and Italians respected them as front line soldiers.

 Kymmy Stephens

Kymmy Stephens

Best NZ Short Film - When our whanau watched Tama Tu for the first time we laughed and laughed, cracked up at all the familiar pranks and gestures, we felt connected to it on another level so its become a whanau tradition watching it at our reunions. Whanau never get sick of it. #Sgt.J.T.Ruru. C.Company Maori Battalion# Tama Tu # Tama Ora #Tama Toa



Wow, what an awesome film!

Proud to be Maori and even more proud of those Maori who served.

I was wondering and have been for some years now if anyone will ever make a film about Maori during the War periods in the Pre-European era, say the 1500's? A film where it concludes with one Hapu fights another Hapu in a huge battle using just Taiaha, Patu and other ancient weaponry. It can be a Romeo & Juliet type story as well which also highlights the life of Maori on the Pa, day to day life, customs, beliefs and traditions like Ta Moko, marriage, training, medicines/healers and positions in the tribe, food, attitudes of the day, social issues, ideology and story telling, welcoming people (positive and negative) all the good stuff we want the world to see. It would be awesome to see it, like a mix of Rapanui, apocalypto and brave heart combined (so to speak). I think our stories and warriors are far superior to others... Just wish a film like that would come out to show it.

Love NZ films!




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