On October 15 2007 ‘terrorism’ became part of New Zealand‘s vocabulary, not a word bandied about in foreign conflict reportage.
Heavily armed para-military police descended on the Tuhoe tribe. Men, women and children were woken, detained for hours, most never charged with any offence. Police claimed a guerrilla army in-training, possession of bombs and firearms, death threats against Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Shock, degradation and anger were felt in this gunless society, already fraught with racial tension. Filmed over 2.5 years October 15 interweaves legal proceedings, animation and intimate interviews, to reveal the impact of 9/11 on this small country.