"The Price of Peace" wins best documentary award at Indigenous film festival

By Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne

New Zealand film “The Price of Peace”, directed by Kim Webby, has won the best documentary award at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto, the biggest festival of indigenous cinema in the world.

Webby was presented with The Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary award, which comes with a $2000 cash prize.

The film “The Price of Peace” outlines the story of 170 years of an intensely troubled relationship between the Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe, through the eyes of Tame Iti and his family.

Tame Iti was accused of running military style training camps in the Ruatoki and Urewera region.

“The Price of Peace” has a strong focus on how Iti’s life changed forever on October 15, 2007 when heavily armed police raided his home and the homes of many others in what became known as the infamous “terror raids”.

ImagineNATIVE has provided a platform for filmmakers, like Kim Webby, to showcase and promotes international Indigenous films for 16 years.

Māori Television aired The Price of Peace last Tuesday, it is still available for viewing online until the end of October for New Zealand and Australian viewers only.

You can watch it here: