Though the events documented in The Price of Peace happened seven years ago, the story resonates with current Western discourse concerning government surveillance. Offering a much-needed portrait of Māori activist Tame Iti following his demonisation in the New Zealand media, The Price of Peace presents an ugly moment in recent New Zealand history with a new light.

International audiences will find the film somewhat demystifies the image of New Zealand as a sleepy, quiet, hobbit-filled country. Giving attention to indigenous voices and sovereign rights issues, The Price of Peace is a personal film with global relevance.

Emerging within wider conversations around indigenous groups and residual effects of colonialism, The Price of Peace also explores issues of accountability, truth, and justice.

RATING: 3/5


INFORMATION

DIRECTOR: Kim Webby

WRITERS: N/A

CAST: Tame Iti, Ngāi Tūhoe

SYNOPSIS: This documentary explores the effects of the 2007 police raids on Iti and his family, and the relationship between the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe.

The screening of The Price of Peace was kindly provided by The New Zealand Film Festival.