Six Maori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of a ruined Italian home. Forced into silence they keep themselves amused like any boys would, with jokes and laughter. As they try and ignore the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of thedying. They gather to say a karakia (prayer) to unite their spirits before they head back into the dark of war. Even at war…boys will be boys.

Festivals/Awards

2nd Place Audience Award – National Geographic All Roads Festival 2004
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking - Sundance Film Festival 2005
The Special Jury Prize - Berlin Film Festival 2005, Click here to view page.

Official Selection - Berlin Film Festival 2005, Click here for the Berlin Film Festival page.
Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2005, Click here for the Sundance page.
Official Selection - Aspen Filmfest 2005, Click here for the Aspen Filmfest page

2006 Press kit

Click here to download the Tama Tu 2006 press kit (Word doc format)

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