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MAKING UTU is a documentary filmed on the set of New Zealand's first epic feature, the 1983 film UTU about the colonial British massacre of a Māori village in the 1870s. Produced on a small budget, this making-of feature examines how to deal respectfully with matters of cultural protocol. “It’s like football innit? You set up the event and cover it…” says Murphy, as he prepares to shoot a battle scene.
MAKING UTU'S insistence on cultural respect is conveyed as trailblazing Māori feminist filmmaker Merata Mita discusses some of the complex issues of inter-cultural conflict in colonial New Zealand, as well as shining a light on the beauty of traditional tattooing known as Tā moko.
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Directed by Gaelene Preston • 1982 • New Zealand • 48'
MAKING UTU is a making of documentary filmed on the set of New Zealand's first epic, Utu, produced with little money and dealing respectfully with matters of cultural protocol. “It’s like football innit? You set up the event and cover it…” s...