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“Turei’s family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 tour. But it’s a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family - particularly his father, a true man of the land.

“MT. ZION is a family-oriented story starring ‘Australian Idol’ winner Stan Walker in his acting debut and Temuera Morrison (ONCE WERE WARRIORS, RIVER QUEEN). Written and directed by Te Arepa Kahi (writer/director of award-winning short film TAUA), the inspiration for the story is drawn from his own family background. The film features original music in a uniquely New Zealand Māori take on Marley’s reggae.

“Festival/Awards: Mill Valley Film Festival (USA); Hawaii International Film Festival (USA); ImagineNATIVE Film Festival (Canada); Hofer Filtage (Germany)” - NZFC;; 14/08/2013

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Year 2013

Reference number F226608

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 01:36:00

Production company Small Axe Films

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Credits Cast: Stan Walker
Cast: Temuera Morrison
Cast: Miriama Smith
Cast: Troy Kingi
Cast: David Wikaira-Paul
Cast: Darcey Ray Flavell Hudson
Director: Te Arepa Kahi
Writer: Te Arepa Kahi
Producer: Quinton Hita (Ngā Puhi)
Executive Producer: Christina Milligan
Line Producer: Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble
Director of Photography: Fred Renata
Production Designer: Savage
Costume Designer: Gavin McLean
Funding: New Zealand Film Commission
Funding: Te Mangai Paho
Funding: NZ On Air