Matua Tame will talk about the struggles faced by both Tuhoe and others caught up in the raids, while Kim Webby will speak about the making of The Price Of Peace — “the fun, the hardships and heartaches, the joys and the laughter”.
In the film The Price of Peace Kim Webby outlines the perils of surveillance in her account of the trial, in which Tame Iti, Urs Signer, Emily Felicity Bailey and Te Rangikaiwhiria were accused of plotting terrorist activities. The Price of Peace has also been described as a portrait of Tame Iti (as a Tūhoe activist), whose family Kim has known for 20 plus years. The film has been eight years in the making.
After its debut at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July, the film was described as “arguably the most brilliant film portrayal of race and cultural relations in New Zealand” (Alistair Kata, Pacific Media Watch). At the film’s launch the filmmakers received a standing ovation.
October 15 marks the eighth anniversary of the raids and on that very day Price Of Peace makes its international debut at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
“I hope people gain a wider understanding of Ngai Tuhoe history and see a more well-rounded Tame Iti than just the activist,” Webby told film writer James Croot.