Wainuiomata exorcism case revisited

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A new feature film about one of New Zealand’s most bizarre homicide inquiries will have its premiere at the NZ International Film Festival next week.

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses charts the events leading up to the young mother’s death.

A new feature film about one of New Zealand’s most bizarre homicide inquiries will have its premiere at the NZ International Film Festival next week.
Source: Sunday

Janet Moses drowned in her grandfather’s bedsit in Wainuiomata, north of Wellington, after being subjected to four days and nights of water cleansing by members of her own family – who believed that she was suffering from a Makutu, or maori curse.

Four of Ms Moses’ aunts and one uncle were convicted of her manslaughter in 2009, in what the court accepted was an accidental drowning.

The feature-length documentary claims to lift the ‘veil of secrecy’ on the exorcism case.

Its Emmy Award-winning kiwi director David Stubbs describes it as an “extraordinary true story of how both love and fear could drive a kiwi family to unwittingly kill one of their own.”

You can see the full story on the Sunday Programme, TV One, 7pm Sunday. 

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