From the author of Whale Rider, the screenwriter of Master and Commander and the producer and director of Once Were Warriors, Mahana is a profound and enduring tale of rural family life.

Two Māori sheep-shearing families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals working the east coast of 1960s New Zealand.

14-year-old Simeon Mahana (Akuhata Keefe), the youngest son of the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana (Temuera Morrison, Once Were Warriors).

As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.

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“A rewarding film” – David Stratton, The Australian

Mahana is available to buy or rent on DVD and Digital from February 22.

The giveaway to win a DVD copy of the film has ended.

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