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Ow What!

Te Mauri dreams of following in his absent rugby-playing father’s footsteps and finds encouragement from an unusual source.

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This short film combines kids, horses and rugby with and appearance from Maori rights campaigner and Tuhoe personality, Tame Iti, to create a light-hearted, cheeky story that looks at sacrifices people make for their whanau and kaitiakitanga – a deep kinship be- tween humans and the natural world.

Te Mauri is an old soul, he’s a dreamer and wishes so much to be like his papa. He’s his dad’s biggest fan and a proud Ruatoki Rugby Club supporter.
Te Mauri knows his papa will always come home to play for Ruatoki and that’s why the 12- year-old loves the Ruatoki club so much. It brings his papa home.
The only thing that stops Te Mauri from playing football is his duty to look after his sib- lings – a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly.
We see Te Mauri’s soft side develop with his sister Iti. Although she’s only seven, she’s al- ready mastered the art of using her cuteness to get what she wants from her big brother.
Most Maori in the small Tuhoe settlement of Ruatoki speak te reo Maori – the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand. The people of the Tuhoe tribe have the most native speakers of the language in New Zealand – their reo is said to be the oldest. Te reo Maori is weaved throughout the film in a way that makes it accessible to non-Maori audiences.




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Previous screenings

14 Oct – 18 Oct | Toronto, Canada

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