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“A documentary about the anti-Apartheid protests that took place in New Zealand during the 1981 South African [Springbok] rugby tour.” - New Zealand Film Commission;; retrieved 29/01/2014.

In 2012 PATU! was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

“The most controversial, and the most contested, event in recent New Zealand history was the 1981 South African rugby tour. Half the country was opposed to the tour, the establishment was determined the tour would go ahead, and the result was a country divided against itself almost to the point of civil war. This incredible documentary shows what happened. The actual filming was both dangerous and difficult and attempts were made to have the negatives confiscated ... [Merata Mita’s] achievement is as impressive technically as it is effective emotionally. A major documentary of our time.” - London Film Festival.

“Many people gave their time, money and equipment to see PATU! completed, and it could never have been done otherwise. I was asked repeatedly if I thought I was the right person to make the film, or why I was making it. The reason I was asked the question was that some people told me they feared that the film would not be accurate because it would have a Maori perspective! The Pākeha bias in all things recorded in Aotearoa was never questioned. The other reason they gave was that my politics extended no further than the Maori and the marae, and was I sure I understood the international ramifications of the tour. Yes, PATU! has a Maori perspective but it does not override the mass mobilisation of New Zealand’s white middle class, neither does it take credit from those who rightly deserve it, everyone who put themselves on the line. My perspective encourages people to look at themselves and examine the ground they stand on, while fighting racial injustice thousands of miles across the sea.” - Merata Mita.

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Year 1983

Reference number F3794

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:53:00

Production company Awatea Films

Viewing locations

View online, or at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Director: Merata Mita Producer: Merata Mita Camera: Barry Habert Camera: Warrick Attewell (aka Waka) Camera: Chris Barrett Camera: James Bartle Camera: Alun Bollinger Camera: Paul Carvell Camera: Roger Donaldson Camera: Euan Frizzell Camera: Chris Ghent Camera: Allen Guilford Camera: Leon Narbey Camera: Rod Prosser Camera: Mike Single Camera: Alister Barry Camera: Richard Long Editor: Annie Collins Sound: Gerd Pohlmann Sound: B Allen Sound: H Bollinger Sound: R Brittenden Sound: Russell Campbell Sound: T Johnson Sound: O Goodman Sound: D Keene Sound: Guy Phillips Sound: D Newton Sound: B Thomas Sound: T Wollams Sound: S Upston Additional Theme Music: Syd Melbourne Haruru Mai Assistant Editor: Cindy Bowles Assistant Editor: Shereen Maloney Co-Ordinators: Gaylene Preston Co-Ordinators: Gerd Pohlmann Co-Ordinators: Martyn Sanderson Free Facilities: Derek Morton Free Facilities: Geoff Murphy Free Facilities: Cinematic Sounds Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission Original Theme Music: Diatribe Original Theme Music: Tia Kingi Soundmix: Brian Shennan;

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