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The Strength of Water Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2009 Drama Māori

The Strength of Water

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2009 Drama Māori

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Released in Kiwi cinemas in mid 2009, The Strength of Water marked the big screen debut of Māori playwright Briar Grace-Smith and Pākehā director Armagan Ballantyne. The drama centres on a 10-year-old twin brother and sister living in an isolated part of the Hokianga, and the events that follow when they encounter a young stranger. The Kiwi-German co-production was invited to film festivals in Berlin and Sydney, after debuting in Rotterdam. The extras include interviews with Grace-Smith and the four main cast members, plus making of footage. 

They are more than I could ever have hoped for. I do like writing for children, but it's a big thing for them to sustain a feature film, and these kids did wonderful work.
– Scriptwriter Briar Grace-Smith on The Strength of Water's young lead actors Hato Paparoa and Melanie Mayall-Nahi

Produced by

  • Pandora Film

  • Filmwork


Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand and iTunes

World premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival (The Netherlands), on 25 January 2009


Produced by Filmwork and Pandora Film, in association with the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and Filmstiftung North Rhine Westphalia

Made with support from the Sundance Institute Annenberg Feature Film Scholarship


Closing credits song 'Ti Hore Mai' composed and performed by Hirini Melbourne