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Short Film (Full Length) – 2010

Erena Thompson
Erena Thompson
14 Oct 2018 - 10.52am
Amazing film that to me as a born and raised Kiwi of Maori and Pasifika heritage while raised in a predominantly Pakeha mainstream lifestyle - spoke volumes to me!

I cried and laughed with and for the characters from all cultures that were authentically shared in this film. Thank you for creating, you reminded me of how I felt when I heard of this horrible incident way back then, I walked down to the bank in my lunch break and donated money for Navtej's wife and babies - my heart just went out to them.

This short film helps to illustrate underlying issues that the news media never show and how all of our cultures need to work together to create the communities we all want to live in as a united community.

X Nga mihi!
26 Jul 2013 - 05.41pm
That was outstanding. I thought the cinematography was great. I recognised Beulah Koale immediately from Harry, he is is very talented in both of these.
Iman Orklander
Iman Orklander
6 Jul 2013 - 03.49pm
The cinematography and acting in this film was par excellence. The film was engaging, gut-wrenching, sad and beautiful all at the same time. Despite being a South Auckland raised Pacific Islander, the storyline was both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

Your team's approach and sensitivity to Navtej's last moments of his life was definitely felt. This is his story, yet the story intertwines with many similar stories our communities have faced in the last 30 years.

Sam Peacocke, I think you've gained a new fan.

And the actors were awesome. Just awesome.
12 Jun 2013 - 10.00pm
This is a great resource to show my high school students, engaging conversation in many different areas, liquor, gang violence, police procedures etc.
24 Oct 2012 - 03.20pm
Hey Nella, I noticed in your comment you mentioned that when you hear stories like these it just makes me feel ashamed of who you are. Never base you opinion of yourself on how others in you community chose to live their lives. I am an Indian, but I have the sense enough to realize that islanders should not be judged on the basis of the actions of a few wayward idiots. Infact, just listening to people like you speak out against such intolerance further strengthens my argument that Islands are a people with a rich cultural background who believe in tolerance and unity. As Mahatma Gandhi would have said आप मानवता में विश्वास मत खोइए. मानवता सागर की तरह है; अगर सागर की कुछ बूँदें गन्दी हैं, तो सागर गन्दा नहीं हो जाता...which essentially translates to "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."
21 Oct 2012 - 03.46pm
omg this is such a sad story, in no disrespect to the family and all but a clear mesaage to everyone is that not all islanders or samoans are like this. We do have a heart and we're not all like this. We have respect for our elders and culture beings lol but if there are islanders that are like this well they feel the need to due to peer pressure or there just not thinking staright about their action. I gotta say when I hear stories like these it just makes me feel ashame of who I am. Just saying though to those youths that think they have no choice but to do the wrong thing well you gotta voice and use it to say NO! if you dont you'll probably regret it your whole life and trust me i know what its like. I may not know this him but R.I.P Navtej Singh <3

20 Sep 2012 - 09.42pm
Wasn't the rewa that I remember growing up in, we didn't have liquor stores everywhere! So sad how things have changed
Tua david
Tua david
22 Mar 2012 - 10.22pm
loved the short film, but feel really sad for him ^... must be samoans Lol i am samoan :P

from otara btw guys so i know sorta what kind happens in these types of gang violence communties.
7 Feb 2012 - 07.53pm
So unreal yet REAL, im from Otara and i can surely say its such a harsh sad reality in which some people live amongst no matter what the negative cause be nor weather it be in manurewa, Otara, Glen Innes, Kelston etc....

I hated that part of my life in 'The Hood' but that poverish life shaped a part of what has made me who i am today

A great short film - no holds barred!

- Audio Punishment
Heneriata Campbell
Heneriata Campbell
23 Nov 2011 - 06.15pm
Manurewa, not RE MU ERA !
Hey this is stunning, yes and tragically "so Rewa". I recently worked in A&D with youth/adults who are caught up in Alcohol & Drugs and this happens more than you think, though death being the ultimate sacrifice. It is so sad and lives are wasted too often. Jimi Hendrix "there must be some kind of way out here, said the joker to the thief ". What can we learn and how can we prevent this reoccuring ? You must have faith and a plan !
9 Jul 2011 - 10.04am
Great film worth watching more than once. Real down to earth.
8 Jul 2011 - 08.29pm
tragic story. superbly done.
8 Jul 2011 - 08.19pm
So ridiculous how I can't watch this in Australia. Officially gutted.
10 Jun 2011 - 10.37pm
A truly outstanding and remarkable piece of work. Hats off to cast and Director. The story behind the movie was beautifully and truthfully shown.
The actors did an excellent portray of emotions. Everything from the music to screenplay was beautifully put together.
I personally knew the victim Navtej Singh as i had worked with him for sometime.He was truly a down to earth person and remarkably well mannered and hardworking. May his soul rest in peace.
What transpired because of the in action of the NZ Police is truly pathetic and this was rightfully shown in the film.

@ Idle One - You seriously have missed the whole point of the movie. Plus it seems that you say Indian and Pakistani people who own or work at these shops have to stop selling cigarettes and liquor to underage kids - therefore "wake up" and then they wont be terrorized? Thats bull!!

Underlying point is no one race is being singled out here. We as a community have to work together to make it better.
7 Jun 2011 - 04.56pm
that was bewtiful!! So rewa!! It was great to have a insight into every characters life, leaving you deciding who to feel simpathy for! I loved the way the main boy said nothing but you could follow everything he was thinking through his eyes, I am currently studying acting at Unitec, and we have done alot of camera work and you can really see the difference when someone is feeling what they are going through, you can read everything through the eyes. GREAT WORK! refreshing to now there is south auckland people interested in film also, I travel all the way into mt albert from papakura. I would be so keen to get in on this work, how do I go around doing that?
2 Jun 2011 - 09.00pm
unbelievably awesome - so brilliantly executed. i truly felt the tragedy and cannot believe how pathetic those cops were
27 May 2011 - 01.17pm
This was a great short film, so tragic with the blunders by the Police.

@Idle One - it seems to me that you're saying that it is his fault he was killed, I do not consider that the truth. It's not the victims fault, and yes there are Maori and Pacific Island youth in this film - as it is based on a true story.
Tyrone Laulu
Tyrone Laulu
25 May 2011 - 11.36am
Awesome film! Love the inevitable build up to the tragic event!!!
gillian harbour
gillian harbour
11 May 2011 - 04.07pm
So well cut and shot! You guys managed to say so much in 18 minutes, and so clearly too! Just so beautiful and moving.
Sarah Lilburn
4 Apr 2011 - 11.24am
Brilliant film - although I felt like throwing up when I saw it the first time in the theatre. Happy that it's now on here, thank you.
28 Mar 2011 - 01.35pm
WOW ! This is so well done. Cut together seamlessly. Great depiction of 'the cultures'. Sam you've done a great service to the art and the tone of 'The Southside' and it's ridiculously mindless violence and disregard of cultures within a struggling community. I really loved this. As a polynesian actor/writer director I thank you.
22 Mar 2011 - 06.27pm
its not about selling liquor and smokes too minors..you need to watch it again and understand the movie and the story line they tell.. before you come back on this site and comment have a blessed day..
Idle One
Idle One
22 Mar 2011 - 07.15am
I live in manurewa and the film disturbed me on a number of levels.
Yes, the crime this describes was terrible. However, the films portrayal of all Maori and Polynesians as criminals and thugs is bollocks.
The girls walking down the road sneaking a drink, the boys and men in the car etc.

I've seen damn near every liquor outlet in Manurewa selling booze to obviously underage kids and many of the dairies had been selling cigarettes to minors too.
Most of those are owned and staffed by Indian or Pakistani people. The Indian/Pakistani community really has to wake up. The victims are everyone in the community and they are also all part of the problem.

Community respect; it's all linked and most people in Manurewa know that their kids are being sold booze and cigarettes by the shops. Respect is earned not given as a right.

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