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MIPTV Picks: This Way of Life

This documentary, four years in the making, follows Maori family the Karenas as they conduct their lives against the rugged backdrop of New Zealand's Ruahine Mountains, rejecting the trappings of modernity and embracing the unpredictability of the natural world.
March 31, 2010


Peter Karena and his wife Colleen have six young children, 50 wild horses and not much in the way of material things. But the Maori family has a resilience and unabashed spirit that is impossible to tame and enchanting to behold. This documentary, four years in the making, follows the Karenas as they conduct their lives against the rugged backdrop of New Zealand’s Ruahine Mountains, rejecting the trappings of modernity and embracing the unpredictability of the natural world. While there are images that may shock (such as the young children riding the wild horses bareback, and on occasion being thrown from them), This Way of Life beautifully presents its subjects and its theme: there is another way to live, if you’re brave enough to follow it.

Partners: Produced by Cloud South Films, distributed by ZED (Paris)

Length: 1 x 52 minutes or 1 x 85 minutes, HD

Wrapped: November, 2009

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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