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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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