Once Were Warriors ★★★★★

In my opinion a must see for anyone interested in not just Polynesian culture, but the effect poverty and colonialism has on these communities. An absolutely brutal lesson in abuse and love.

The scenes no matter how awful to watch, are beautifully crafted and lovingly made. They are all well shot, and the acting, especially from the two central characters played by Temuera Morrison and Owen, are jaw dropping.

The music is beautiful and the many scenes of a group gathered around singing together kind of perfectly reminds me of Polynesian cultures. And thats what makes everything so shocking. The portrayal of these cultures are so beautifully done that when characters aren't also beautiful and kind it is so much more shocking and intense.