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I Am the River, the River Is Me

The Whanganui River and its catchment area play the leading role both thematically and visually in this reflection on the relationships between people and nature, people among themselves and the importance of resistance. In 2017, the river in Aotearoa/New Zealand was the first river in the world to be given the same rights as Human. This was the result of a more than 150-year long legal battle by the Maori, who see the river as their ancestors, as an indivisible and spiritual being.

When Maori introduce themselves, they first mention the name of the mountain range they come from, then the name of the river, then the name of their tribe, their territory and sub-tribes; the individual therefore always stands in an extensive historical, cultural and geographical context.

Ned Tapa, a Maori tribal leader, tells this to Western guests with whom he takes a five-day enchanting canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand. While the river and travelers flow organically together, there is lightness, humor and room for healing. of the echoes of the colonial past. 'If you sit and listen, you will hear the country singing,' says Ned Tapa. 'All together, intertwined, in harmony, synchronized.'

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Fri 28 Jun
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Friday 28 June

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