It's been described as a drama-documentary film that discusses suicide. 

Māui's Hook follows the fictional story of Tama, a young man navigating his own way through tragedy, touching base with real whānau who have lived through the epidemic.

Paora Joseph, the director who also features in the film, says there were many challenges in creating the film and being sensitive to the families who shared their own experiences in the making of this film.

Niwa Whatuira who plays Tama in the film says it was different to any other project he's been part of.

Joseph says the goal of the film is to help heal the families who took part in the film, and anyone else who has experienced the suicide of a loved one.

The world premiere of Māui's Hook is set to take place on July 21 in Auckland as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival hitting the road to tour the country.