On October 15, 2007, with new anti-terrorism powers, the New Zealand Police swooped on the people of Tūhoe, raiding homes in the small town of Rūātoki in the Bay of Plenty. Among the many arrested under suspicion of domestic terrorism was activist Tame Iti, who stars in the film as himself and also stars features Cliff Curtis as local Police Sergeant ‘Taffy’ Tāwharau.
The film acts as a response to the events and is an insight into the traumatic impact of the police’s actions on their communities.
MURU is a Māori concept for ‘forgiveness.’
One of two New Zealand film selected to to screen at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.