About the film
italy world war ii new zealand crow army prayer morality soldier rubble ruins toy soldier moral dilemma battalion camaraderie soldiers short film new zealand army karakia carving brothers-in-arms
Release Date: January 01, 2004
|Production Companies||:||New Zealand Film Commission, Whenua Films|
|Producers||:||Cliff Curtis, Ainsley Gardiner, Angela Littlejohn, Karl Zohrab|
Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika Waititi describes the soldiers as young men with "a special bond, strengthened by their character, their culture and each other." Shot in the rubble of the old Wellington Hospital, Tama Tū won international acclaim. Invited to over 40 international festivals, its many awards included honourable mentions at Sundance and Berlin.