Paora Joseph - Tātarakihi - The Children of Parihaka, 2012

Director: Paora Jospeh
Camera operator/additional footage: Iain Frengley
In 1881, after being met by the pa's children holding white feathers of peace, invading constabulary ended Te Whiti and Tohu's passive resistance at Parihaka in Taranaki. One of the darkest episodes of the NZ Wars, it was revisited in this documentary made by Paora Joseph. The film follows another group of Taranaki children undertaking an emotional, modern-day pilgrimage to the South Island jails where their ancestors were exiled and forced to labour. Footage of their hikoi is interwoven with their poetry, song, art and narration.


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