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The Wizard & The Commodore - A Real Sea Shanty

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The Wizard and the Commodore - A Real Sea Shanty is a 2016 New Zealand documentary feature film by New Zealand film director Samuel A. Miller.

The film is narrated by Davey Round, author of Truth or Treaty Canterbury University Press 1998, and features the Wizard of New Zealand, and the Commodore of the Chathams Islands, and portrays the people and culture of the Chatham Islands. Scenes in the film cover Moriori, European and Maori history on the Islands along with modern local fishing and cattle mustering techniques.

The Wizard of New Zealand inducted an apprentice Wizard of the Chatham Islands; Jim Murphy.

The film has been called "controversial" for its historical documentation of the Moriori genocide at the hands of Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Toa tribes from the mainland of New Zealand - these issues are hotly debated even today. Latest DNA origins of Pacific peoples and possible migration patterns of Moriori are also examined in depth. The film provides concrete evidence of Pacific origins of Moriori.

The film also documents the debated Moriori Crucifixions at Waitangi which have never been presented in a feature film, and describe indigenous cultures that are under threat from modernisation. The film gives voice to the voiceless, and a culture which barely survived systematic annihilation at the hands of Colonists.

The 140 minute film screened to a test audience at the Hollywood Cinema, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand 26th August 2016.

The revised 115 minute film test screened in 2017 on the Chatham Islands at the Norman Kirk centre Waiteki/Waitangi where it was considered "highly controversial".

Spacewow Inc. of Los Angeles holds the sales rights to the film.


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