Wainuiomata exorcism case revisited

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.

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

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

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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