The Strength of Water

Strength of Water, The - 2009

Filmwork/Pandora Film - 86 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9398711007496

Cast: Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi, Jim Moriarty, Nancy Brunning, Isaac Barber, Pare Paseka, Shayne Biddle.
Screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith; Director of Photography: Bogumil Godfrejow; Original Music: Peter Golub, Warren Maxwell; Editing: Elizabeth Kling; Production Designer: Rick Kofoed; Art Directors: Mark Grenfell, Guy Treadgold; Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron; Production Manager: Jo Tagg; Producer: Fiona Copland ;
Director: Armagan Ballantyne

Set in the landscapes in the Far North of New Zealand, the film explores tragedy, despair and eventual hope by giving detailed exposure of the lives of the Kaneha family as they struggle with universal issues of human survival. The film has the spirit and texture of a specific place, yet the struggles of its characters are universal. A beautifully filmed drama that needs English subtitles, especially considering the amount of Maori dialogue. Filmed in Panguru, Pawarenga, Mitimiti and Te Henga.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: C+

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It is presented 1.76:1, enhanced for 16x9, with an English language 5.1 dolby digital surround 5.1 audio. There are no subtitles nor extras. As of 26 May, 2010, it is only available from New Zealand or Australian sources, selling for $35-40nz or $25-35au for the standard PAL R4 DVD.
As of February 2015, this might be OOP, so the price of remaining copies is going up.

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