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He Toki Huna - New Zealand in Afghanistan

Film (Excerpts) – 2013

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He Toki Huna investigates New Zealand’s involvement in Afghanistan (the longest overseas war in which NZ has played a role). The documentary follows writer Jon Stephenson as he interviews eyewitnesses in Afghanistan, and poses tough questions about the involvement of Kiwi troops in a conflict that co-director Kay Ellmers calls an “ill-defined war against an unclear” enemy. Ellmers and Annie Goldson made the Moa Award-winning film for Māori Television. An extended cut played at the 2013 NZ International Film Festival. Stephenson and Nicky Hager went on to write 2017 book Hit & Run.

Concerned about the reality gap between what our soldiers do and what their military and political masters say they do? He Toki Huna is invaluable.
– Frances Morton, reviewing the documentary in Metro magazine, August 2013