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Keskidee Aroha Film (Full Length) – 1980 Documentary Māori

Keskidee Aroha

Film (Full Length) – 1980 Documentary Māori

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This film documents the influential 1979 New Zealand tour of a black theatre group from London arts centre Keskidee. They visit marae, perform at The Gluepot, prisons and youth centres; meet gang members, Ratana ministers and a young Tame Iti; and korero about roots and fights for rights. The made-for-TV film was directed by Merata Mita and Martyn Sanderson. On the tour Sanderson met his future wife, Kenyan actor Wanjiku Kairie. Tour instigator Denis O’Reilly argued in 2009 that the doco is “full of insights at a time of huge social and cultural shifts in Aotearoa.”

Keskidee were very disturbed by the Headhunters [gang]. The director protested that they were actors not social workers.
– Narrator Martyn Sanderson