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“Shot over four years against the isolated Ruahine mountains and Waimarama beach in Hawke’s Bay, the film follows Peter and Colleen Karena as they raise their six children and 50 horses. We explore their family relationships, their connection to nature, their keen survival skills and their absolute intimacy with each other and their horses.” - Cloud South Films press release.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards This Way of Life is a lush and evocative portrait of an inspiring and maverick Maori family living on the edge of the world. Peter and Colleen Ottley-Karena live with their six kids and 50 horses in the almost wild freedom of New Zealand’s isolated mountains. Until Peter’s escalating battle with his own father has profound consequences.

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Year 2009

Reference number F202857

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 01:24:00

Production company CLOUD SOUTH FILMS LTD

Credits Director: Tom Burstyn
Producer: Barbara Sumner Burstyn
Cast: The Karena Family

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