On October 15, 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads. In the rural village of Rūātoki, helicopters hovered while locals were stopped at roadblocks. Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Māori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps in the Urewera ranges – homeland of the Tūhoe people. Operation 8 asks how and why the raids took place. How did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters reaching even to the South Pacific?

FIVE STARS  “Best NZ ‘terrorist’ film since Sleeping Dogs. And it’s real” – The NZ Herald

FIVE STARS  “Impassioned, balanced and hugely important” – The Dominion Post

FIVE STARS  “Outstanding political documentary. Meticulously constructed” – Onfilm Magazine

Directors: Errol Wright & Abi King-Jones
Producer: Errol Wright
Principal photography & sound: Errol Wright
Editors: Abi King-Jones & Errol Wright
Sound mix: Matt Stutter
Colour grade & on-line editor: Gavin Laurie
Consultants: Alister Barry & Gaylene Preston

  • The Last Resort

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