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Directed by Thomas Burstyn
Produced by Barbara Sumner-Burstyn
Q&A with Peter and his son Llewelyn follows.
Q & A with subject, Peter Karena and his son, Llewelyn to follow the screening of the film. These incredible characters will be traveling all the way from New Zealand to make an appearance at the festival. DO NOT miss this incredible film and opportunity to meet this man and his son.
Shot over four years, This Way of Life is an intimate portrait of Peter Karena and his family. Masterful in the saddle and Hollywood handsome, Peter lives by an internal code of values and honor largely lost in modern times. Though European, Peter was adopted into a Maori family and is Maori in all but skin. He is a horse-whisperer, philosopher, hunter, and builder, a husband and father. Despite seemingly overwhelming challenges, Peter refuses to compromise. Their attempts to navigate the discord between Peter and his father culminate in the theft of his valuable herd of horses and the burning of their beloved family home. Now homeless, we watch as Peter steers his family toward a new way of living and being. Regardless of their hardships, the Karenas manage to never lose sight of the magic in the everyday.