Shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Awards THIS WAY OF LIFE, is a lush and evocative portrait of an inspiring and maverick Maori family living on the edge of their world. Peter and Colleen Karena live with their six kids and 50 horses in the almost wild freedom of New Zealand's isolated mountains, until Peter's escalating battle with his own father has profound consequences. Set against the stunning beauty of New Zealand's rugged Ruahine Mountains, Peter Karena, his wife Colleen raise their children on the thin edge between freedom and disaster. As Peter hunts, trains wild horses and struggles to instill in his kids the values of independence, courage and happiness (not to mention good hair), his escalating struggle with his own father has profound consequences on the entire Karena clan. Filmed over the course of four years, Canadian director/cinematographer Tom Burstyn's rigorously beautiful documentary captures the Karena's precipitous existence with equal parts glorious abandon and painful suspense. Trying to carve out a different type of life for himself, Peter often seems like a man out of step with this century, he can tame a wild horse, or field dress a deer, but he can't find a home for his family. As Peter and Colleen set up a series of makeshift camps their brood of fearless kids ride bareback across the wild New Zealand landscape. Tragedy does not spare the Karenas--a near-disaster on a mountain trek, or scenes of small children getting bucked off galloping horses drive home the point that a certain level of risk, once taken for granted, now seems like it belongs to another century entirely. But ultimately, this complete immersion in another way of life reveals that the price of freedom is something that is well worth paying.
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- Sales Rank: #44363 in DVD
- Released on: 2012-05-22
- Number of discs: 1
- Format: NTSC
- Running time: 85 minutes
In This Way of Life, the Karenas unite their philosophy with their circumstances, turning hardship into a meaningful and satisfying life.
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