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