Inspired by actual events, Muru is the story of a local Police Sergeant ‘Taffy’ Tāwharau (Cliff Curtis), who must choose between his badge and his people, when the Government launches an armed raid through his remote Ruatoki community, on a school day.
This gripping action drama is not a re-creation, but a response to the 2007 Tūhoe raids which saw legendary artist, activist and leader Tame Iti wrongfully arrested under suspicion of domestic terrorism. He appears as himself in Muru (the Māori concept for reconciliation and forgiveness).
The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.