Directed by Lee Tamahori. With Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga. A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.
Once Were Warriors follows one family's undoing due to poverty, an uncaring bureaucracy, and and overpowering male-dominated society. One woman stands against the system, frees her family from the cycle of violence, and embraces the value of becoming someone whose mind is their weapon, not their fists, not their gun, nor their threats.