Extra screening Dec 3 at 7.15pm. This screening is organised by Demand Films. Advance purchase only on the Demand Films website.

Please book on their website:

Having fought hard to get the birth she dreamed of, freediver Sachiko Fukumoto connects with ocean women battling for a world where all people are supported in their birth choices.

Best New Zealand Feature, Best New Zealand Director and two other awards at the 2023 Doc Edge Film Festival

Due to repair work on the Arts Centre car park, entry to the movies will be up Stewart Street from the normal driveway entrance to the end of the blue safety fence, then following the orange line across the grassy bank and down the stairs to the side entrance next to the kitchen. Please park in Stewart Street.

PACIFIC MOTHER | 2023 Documentary Exempt | 01:28:00

Writer: Katherine McRae

Producer: Migiwa Ozawa, Shin Yamaguchi, Alex Reed, Karin Williams

Director: Katherine McRae

EXTRA SCREENING Sunday 3rd December 7.15pm

Please book on the Demand Films website:

Raglan Movies at the Old School, 5 Stewart St, Raglan 3225.

Licensed bar & homemade snacks on sale.


As freediving couple Sachiko Fukumoto and William Trubridge navigate maternity systems for the birth of their first child, it awakens in them a fierce realization about the lack of choice many parents face.

Director Katherine McRae follows Sachiko as she connects with ocean women from around the Pacific, from Hawai’i, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Through their interwoven stories, the film explores the importance of community, reclaiming traditional birthing knowledge and the connection between caring for the planet and nurturing both parents and their children.

Sachiko Fukumoto, Japan
Kimi Werner, Hawai’i
Rava Ray, Tahiti
Ioana Turia, Cook Islands
Pacific Mother theme song: “Mai Anamua” (From the Past) composed by Olivia Foa’I
Katherine McRae, Director/writer
Migiwa Ozawa, Producer
Alex Reed, Executive Producer
Shin Yamaguchi, Producer
Karin Williams, Consultant Producer
Lala Rolls, Editor
Plan 9, Original Score
2023 | Documentary Exempt | 01:28:00 | English | New Zealand,  Japan

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