Directed by Sarah Grohnert
90 min | 2015 | New Zealand | Not Rated
Presented in English & Māori with English subtitles
*Post film Q&A moderated by Jessica Batty – AIA of Utah’s Young Architects Forum, featuring Eruera “Ed” Napia of the Ngapuhi Tribe – Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, David W. Griffin II – BEMP Energy Analyst at Architectural Nexus, and Lauren Henrie – Design Build Bluff program.
Explore 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.
The setting is the forest region of Te Urewera and Tūhoe are an indigenous people fighting to rebuild and to claim their rights. For the past 150 years, the relationship between the Tūhoe Maori tribe and the New Zealand government has been defined by longstanding grievances over severe colonization experiences such as illegal land confiscations and the devastating consequences of scorched earth policies. 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 center using radically sustainable methods. Tradition and environmentalism are brought together, and the film gives us a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride.
The new building is the binding character in this observational documentary that 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.
Official Selection: 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
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