DIRECTOR'S NOTES This is not a film about war, it is a film about the vitality of life.
With “Tama Tu”, I wanted to capture the feeling that in the darkest of situations there are some events that stand out, brief moments that show how we humans seek out the light, the joy in life, regardless of our surroundings or situation.
The story of the soldiers is simple. They are a bunch of young men, all Maori, from rural New Zealand (possibly some are related), who have a special bond, strengthened by their character, their culture and each other. They are a tight unit, they know each other and care for each other, they are brothers, but most of all, they are young boys.