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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.