An Afrikaner veteran of the Boer War has just immigrated to New Zealand and is hired to track a man accused of killing a soldier. While hunting through the countryside he captures his fugitive, only to learn that he’s innocent of the crime. When faced with the life changing decision to turn him in or set him free only one man will walk away alive. –Movie Summary from IMDB.
This movie may not be set in Australia but it illustrates some of the struggles that do exist between the white and the native population. It may not be exactly the same as the situation in Australia but the similarities are enough to draw some interesting parallels and correlations. Although parts of it were hard to watch, I am thankful for another piece of the puzzle to help me see the history of New Zealand more clearly. Understanding the history helps to make sense of the current social climate and also gives us insight in how to move forward. Tracker is an interesting historical journey but it ends with hope. And hope is a very good thing.