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Rated NR · 88 min. · 2017

Documentary

A documentary feature film that lifts the veil of secrecy on what became known as "The Wainuiomata exorcism", to reveal the extra-ordinary true story of how both love and fear could drive a New Zealand family to unwittingly kill one of their own.

Intertwining key interviews and dramatic narrative the film lures the viewer into the twisted reality of the last few days of Janet Moses' life.

Believing that 22-year-old had fallen under the spell of a Makutu, or Maori curse, her whanau (family) surround her in a circle of love, and subject the young mother to four days and nights of water cleansing in an effort to rid her of evil. So great was their belief in Makutu, that it became their truth.

Belief is a highly confronting take on a modern love tragedy. It sheds light on the dark nightmare Janet and her family shared within the close confines of her grandfather's bedsit in Wainuiomata in the spring of 2007.

Director: David Stubbs
Writer: David Stubbs
Producer: David Stubbs and Thomas Robins

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