Ever The Land


2015 / 93 minutes

Directed by
Sarah Grohnert
Country of production
New Zealand

This film explores the bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe. For the past 150 years, the relationship between the Tūhoe and the New Zealand government has been defined by longstanding grievances over severe colonisation experiences such as illegal land confiscations. The film captures a period of change: Tūhoe are negotiating an apology and settlement from the Crown, and constructing an architectural gem of a community centre using radically sustainable methods. Tradition and environmentalism are brought together, and the film gives us a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest Material Culture
Language and subtitles
English Te Reo Maori
Location(s) depicted
Te Urewera (New Zealand)

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