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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 August 2009 — after winning praise at festivals in Berlin and Rotterdam — The Strength of Water marks the big-screen debut of Māori playwright Briar Grace-Smith, and Pākehā director Armagan Ballantyne. The film centres on a 10-year-old twin brother and sister in an isolated part of the Hokianga, and the events that follow when they encounter a young stranger. The Strength of Water merges a spare, naturalistic portrait of a Māori family struggling to stay above water, with moody images of earth and sea, loss and new beginnings.

Produced by

  • Pandora Film

  • Filmwork

Availability

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

Acknowledgements

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