30.09. - 09.10.2021

Ngati New Zealand 1987 | 93 min | OV | Colour | FF 2009

Barry Barclay

Barry Barclay (1944–2008) has been coined New Zealand’s “indisputably greatest documentarian”. With his documentary series “Tangata Whenua” (1974) he gave indigenous Maori life its first voice in film. His works include “Te Rua” (1991), “The Feathers of Peace” (2000) and “The Kaipara Affair” (2005).

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Community, strength and joie de vivre are the central themes of the feature film debut by renowned documentary filmmaker Barry Barclay. When Greg, a young Australian, comes to visit, he is confronted with a multicultural society in mid-upheaval. The parents of terminally ill Ropata must decide whether to entrust their son to modern doctors or to traditional Maori medicine. Set in the minor Maori community of Kapua,“Ngati” (Maori for “tribe”) is the first film from New Zealand with an almost all-Maori cast.
Original title: Ngati
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: English
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Barry Barclay
Screenplay: Tama Poata
Cast: Tuta Ngarimu Tamati, Ngawai Harrison, Wi Kuki Kaa, Ross Girven
Producer: John O'Shea
Director of Photography: Rory O'Shea
Music: Dalvanius
Production Design:
Editor: Dell King
Sound: 0
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Format: 35 mm
Printsource: The New Zealand Film, Archive, New Zealand, Tel: +64 4 384 7647 ext 829, email:,
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Production: Pacific Films


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