The Price of Peace

Kim Webby
2015 | 87 mins
Country of Production: New Zealand
Country Featured: New Zealand, Ngāi Tūhoe
NY Premiere
Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm | Program F17

Follow the riveting case of Tame Iti, an Indigenous activist from the Ngāi Tūhoe community of Ruatoki in New Zealand, who is on trial for allegedly plotting terrorist activities. Are secret government surveillance and violent raids warranted on Maori resistance movements warrented? What does it look like and what does it mean for a government to truly apologize and make amends for generations of oppression? Iti’s legal struggle becomes a microcosm of the tension, conflict, and attempts at reconciliation between Māori communities and the government of New Zealand.

Plays with Haka Practice

Re:Frame, My Perspective

“The creation of a frame, a starting point, a perspective, a platform on which to tell a story. Is it my frame as the director or is it their frame as the subject? For me it is our frame. As a documentary maker I am telling ‘their’ story. I want to be true to their story but it is inevitably through my lens, shaped by my experiences and points of view. 

However, almost all of my documentaries are from the perspective of the indigenous people of Aotearoa, the New Zealand Maori. More often than not my stories focus on a particular tribe, Ngai Tuhoe. Over more than –25 years of filmmaking with Tuhoe and living closely with them they have undeniably shaped my ‘frame.’ My worldview as a Eurasian (Chinese/Caucasian) New Zealander has moved distinctly closer to a Ngai Tuhoe worldview, even though I do not share their whakapapa (genealogy).

Immersion in another culture is hugely rewarding and enriching and it starts to eliminate the idea of ‘the other.’ More and more we become one or at least gain a greater insight and understanding of each other. It is an exchange of ideas and ideals, culture and its practice in everyday life, language, art, and story.

The frame is forever changing.”

—Kim Webby | Director, Price of Peace