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Pacific Mother

Film (Trailer) – 2023

In award-winning documentary Pacific Mother, Japanese actor and free diver Sachiko Fukumoto joins midwives and Pasifika mothers Kimi Werner, Rava Ray and Ioana Turia to advocate for women reclaiming indigenous birthing practises. Writer/director Katherine McRae (Shortland St, Go Girls) develops the theme of her successful short film Water Baby (2019), which chronicled Fukumoto's own water birth. In this trailer mothers and midwives discuss pregnancy as part of our natural environment, and as an extension of the ocean. The film won four awards at Kiwi festival Doc Edge, including Best NZ Feature.

All of us, in every country, have lost a lot of our own personal birthing knowledge. I just think it's time we got it back.
– Karen Guilliland, ex Chief Executive of the NZ College of Midwives

Key Cast & Crew

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Katherine McRae

Director, Writer

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Shin Yamaguchi


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Migiwa Ozawa


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Tatsunori Sunagawa

Camera Operator

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Peter Zuccarini

Camera Operator

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Jonathan Sunnex

Camera Operator

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Produced by

Umi Films


Umi Films