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Aro Recommended Operation 8: Deep in the Forest


New Zealand 2011, 110 minutes
Dir. Errol Wright, Abi King-Jones
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary

Topics: Politics, Indigenous & Minority Cultures.


Synopsis: On October 15th 2007, hundreds of activists around New Zealand were raided by police after 18 months of invasive surveillance. The film asks why and how the raids took place. How did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters reaching even to the South Pacific?

“This clear-eyed, involving film stands on it’s own merits and deserves to be seen and debated.”~Russell Baillie, NZ Herald

Aroview: Cohesive and compelling documentary that gives credible voice to the Maori sovereignty and peace activists who were targeted in police raids and accused of terrorist activities, including attending training camps in the Urewera ranges.

Peeling back the mainstream media headlines and by dint a public opinion that assumes "where there's smoke there's fire", the doco reveals the conspiracy to be far more entrenched on the side of the Crown, with its retinue of power-brokers, opportunists and bureaucrats. Film-makers Wright and King-Jones are serving up a form of justice in presenting the case as they do, but their well-researched, non-hysterical approach has a non-partisan logic that could, and should, turn public opinion.

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