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This Way Of Life

A documentary film about a family. Mum, dad, six kids and 50 horses, a beach, a mountain and a burnt down house. In their early 30's Peter and Colleen Karena have six kids and 50 horses. Against the backdrop of a remote New Zealand mountain range and a hidden beach camp we explore the Karena's connection to nature, their survival skills and intimacy with each other and their horses as they attempt to navigate the discord between Peter and his father. Despite hardships, the family cultivates the magic in the everyday. Untamed and unafraid, the idea of risk is alien to the Karena children. Uniting philosophy with circumstance, This Way of Life is a modern parable of how to live well with little.

1hr 25mins long

Tom Burstyn
Peter Karena
Colleen Karena