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I am the River

I am the River

Director Luigi Cutore & Mark McNeill

Producer Mark McNeill

Editor Irena Dol

Cinematography Renaud Maire

Contributors Iwi Consultant: Che Wilson

I am the River is a film about a unique set of 700 glass plate photos which document Māori life in the 19th century. The discovery of these previously unknown photographs in a garage in the Bay of Islands in 2001 provided a rare visual insight into New Zealand’s history and forged a link between Māori of the present with the Tūpuna of the past. It also provoked a storm of protest over cultural differences of ownership.

Settle in for a weekend binge-fest of films by or about some of the best photographers in New Zealand’s history, brought to you by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in collaboration with Photvial Festival and Te Auaha.