Our Own Image: A Story Of A Maori Filmmaker by Barry BarclayOur Own Image: A Story Of A Maori Filmmaker by Barry Barclay

Our Own Image: A Story Of A Maori Filmmaker

byBarry Barclay

Paperback | November 15, 2015

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Acclaimed Maori filmmaker Barry Barclay’s Our Own Image relates the experiences of making his documentaries and his critically acclaimed feature-length film Ngati (1987), widely credited as the first fiction feature by a member of an indigenous community. Barclay details his views on the process of filmmaking within his own Maori community and discusses how his work differed from popular cinema, advocating for indigenous control, participation, and perspectives in media.

Our Own Image gives an in-depth depiction of the changes Barclay’s approach contributed to the field of documentaries, as well as displaying the respect for community Barclay brought to his filming technique. His insistence on letting people speak for themselves demonstrated authenticity to audiences, creating awareness of indigenous cinema in New Zealand and worldwide.


Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa) is an award-winning New Zealand filmmaker, writer, and philosopher. He coined the term Fourth Cinema and has been honored with a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and the New Zealand Order of Merit.
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Title:Our Own Image: A Story Of A Maori FilmmakerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816697612

ISBN - 13:9780816697618

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