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Reel Earth Film Fest: Ever the Land


Sun 15 Nov 2015, 1:00pm–3:30pm

Where: Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: reelearthfilmfest

(Sarah Grohnert, New Zealand, 2014, 93min)

There will be a discussion after this film. Participants to be confirmed.

A People. A Place. Their Building.

Ever the Land explores the sublime 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, longstanding grievances over extreme colonisation tactics such as illegal land confiscations and the devastating consequences of scorched earth policies have defined the relationship between Tūhoe and the New Zealand Government. Then, in 2014, history was made: Te Uruwera, Tūhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned, the New Zealand Government gave an apology and Tūhoe built the first ever ‘Living Building’ in Aotearoa.

The film captures a period of change and tremendous foresight: 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.

Conceived as a testament to Ngāi Tūhoe values and vision of self-governance, the new building in the binding character in this observational documentary. It immerses us in a culture that is tightly woven into its land and an architecture that is defined by its integrity to it. This is a film about past and future, tradition and modernity. Most of all, though, it’s about the grandest hopes—and what it takes to fulfill them.

Photos: Brigit Krippner

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