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Aro Recommended This Way of Life


New Zealand 2009, 84 minutes
Dir. Tom and Barbara Burstyn
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Documentary / Sociology


Aroview: Evocative, moving Kiwi doco which treats the viewer to an intimate glimpse of a family who reject modernity and live wild with six kids and fifty horses in the windswept Ruahine Ranges.

Horse-whisperer Peter Karena is the Dad who instills in his kids time-honoured values such as freedom, love and respect for nature. However the lifestyle does not come without its hardships, represented chiefly in the troubled relationship he has with his step-father, and culminating in the family losing their house and horses in a long-simmering dispute. Despite their extremely challenged circumstances, they continue to live with an uncompromising sense of love and intimacy, giving the film a genuine and profound beauty.

NZ International Film Festival 2009

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