Official Festival Powhiri

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KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA, 3 PM FRIDAY JUNE 1

NAU MAI! NAU MAI! HAERE MAI!

Join us for the official festival powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), welcoming film makers from across Aotearoa and around the world. Our registration desk is also open right after the powhiri. Then settle in for a weekend of great films!

Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala

 NRG RISING headline the 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala night!

NRG RISING headline the 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Awards Gala night!

GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA SATURDAY JUNE 2
6 PM RECEPTION; 7 PM AWARDS COMMENCE

Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

Join us at the Wairoa Māori Film Awards Gala! With live music, short films and awards presentations, this year's awards gala focuses on the musical and film talent coming out of Wairoa. Join us for a night of entertainment, glamour and excitement on the red carpet of East Coast, Aotearoa!

On the night:

- LIVE MUSIC from international musical trio NRG RISING!
- The Māori Futurism audio-visual presentation creating an immersive environment of colour, sound and light
- Presentation of the eighth annual Women in Film & Television Mana Wahine Award
- Presentation of the second annual Pacific islanders in Film & Television Mana Pasifika Award
- Special surprise performances and awards throughout the evening!
- Guests are welcomed with complimentary gourmet kai and one complimentary glass of wine
- Full cash bar available

Tickets to the Wairoa Māori Film Awards Gala are the hot ticket for the commencement of the Matariki season, and we expect this event to sell out.

Join Us!

NRG Rising is the world’s first mother daughters trio to front fresh, fun and conscious reggae, showcasing soulful vocals & soothing harmonies. NRG Rising's fresh, female reggae has two main themes; one of fun, good times and love, and the other sharing messages that support selfdetermination through personal development, including messages of belief, strength, and understanding. Fresh indigenous world music with an R & B sound and feel developed from a reggae foundation. Soothing to the soul, healing to the heart and like rich chocolate for your tasting pleasure. Band Members: Benita Tahuri, Anahera-Pono Tahuri-Whakatope, Honey Tahuri-Whakatope, Bevin Hira

Kiriata Motu Honu

 THREE THOUSAND

THREE THOUSAND

KIRIATA MOTU HONU
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 6 PM FRIDAY JUNE 1

WE ARE THE HALLUCI NATION
Music Video A Tribe Called Red 2016 3 min Canada

GAS CAN
Mattias Graham 2017 15 min Canada

A Cree family in 1970s Saskatchewan must ask an old Farmer for help when their car runs out of gas while moving to the city. Long synopsis: Gas Can is a narrative short film (15min) about the cycles of privilege and racism on the prairies. The film follows the story of Anthem, a Cree man moving to the city with his family. Along the way, they run out of gas and Anthem asks an old friend -- the Farmer -- for help. The Farmer agrees, but not unconditionally, and he turns his back on them when they need it most. Anthem and his family are left with no choice but to take back what was promised, and when the Farmer sets off after them in a rage he’s left stuck when his own truck runs out of gas.

CREATURA DADA
Caroline Monnet 2016 3 min Canada

Six powerful native women gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.

MUD (Hashtł’ishnii)
Shaandiin Tome 2017 10 min USA

A women’s craving for a connection with her son, which is hindered by alcoholism.

RONNIE BODEAN
Steven Paul Judd 2015 13 min USA

Ronnie BoDean (film star Wes Studi) is the ultimate anti-hero – hungover, streetwise and badass, with a hustler’s heart of gold. When Ronnie faces his greatest challenge yet, babysitting his jailed neighbour’s precocious kid, the results are both hilarious and life-affirming.

THE GIFT
Steven Paul Judd 2017 8 min USA

After returning home from his grandfather’s funeral, a young Native American boy opens a mysterious gift bequeathed to him by his grandfather.

THREE THOUSAND
Assinajaq 2017 14 min Canada

Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.

 CREATURA DADA

CREATURA DADA

Kiriata Māori

 HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN

KIRIATA Māori
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 8 PM FRIDAY JUNE 1
GAIETY THEATRE, 4 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

NEW TAKEOVER
Music Video Stan Walker 2017 4 min NZ Director: Shae Sterling (Māori)

ROTO
Louise Potiki Bryant (Māori) 2017 8 min NZ

Inspired by Lake Wānaka in Te Wai Pounamu, acclaimed artist Louise Potiki Bryant presents a striking dance film that explores our consciousness and emotional state, embodied within the word “roto” meaning both “lake” and “within”. With this film the lake becomes a metaphor for our consciousness, and the surface of the lake is likened to our emotional state.

PUORO
Komako-Aroha Silver (Māori) 2017 13min NZ

A story following the journey of Jerome Kavanagh, a young Māori practitioner of taonga puoro (traditional instruments used in sacred, ritual and healing ceremonies) as he revives ancient ancestral practices in our contemporary world.

TŪRANGAWAEWAE
Neihana Lowe (Māori) 2017 4 min NZ

A film that uses spoken word to confront questions about cultural identity.

PāPā
Ryan Alexander Lloyd (Māori) 2017 7 min NZ

A tender portrait of a seemingly elusive father is told through the memories of his daughters. A bold short film with with an original score and sound design by Rosalind Hall (THE SILENT EYE)

SHADOW CUT
Lucy Suess 2018 13 min NZ

Shadow Cut is a portrait of the intimate relationship between artistic and thoughtful fifteen-year-old Boy and his best friend, Girl. Boy and Girl decide to take the long way home from school. But when Girl senses Boy is hiding something, their romp around their small rural town soon exposes their dreams, fears and secrets. Ultimately leading to a late night decision, that could change their lives forever.

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
Any Beyersdorf 2017 15 min Australia

single mother living on the fringes of society with her two girls wakes in the night with a unique problem – a light, shining from within her – taking over her life as it takes over her body. With Whirimako Black and music by Leonard Cohen (sung by SAY LOU LOU) and composed by John Kilbey.

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SHADOW CUT

United by Water

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UNITED BY WATER
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 10 AM SATURDAY JUNE 2

UNITED BY WATER
Derrick LaMere 2017 55 min United States

“You can flood the path, but we’ll always find our way back” The 5 tribes (Colville Confederated Tribes, Couer D'Alene, Kalispel, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Spokane) of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago. Narrated by Sherman Alexie Directed by Derrick LaMere Sponsored by Upper Columbia United Tribes a War Pony Pictures Production.

Kiriata Pasifika

  MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES

KIRIATA PASIFIKA
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 11.15 AM SATURDAY JUNE 2
GAIETY THEATRE, 12.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Music video Aarahdna 2 min NZ Director: Sophie Findlay

MOON MELON
Trina Peterrz 2017 9 min NZ

A group of young Polynesian women trying to break cultural boundaries and gender stereotypes within their community find themselves and something else.

AIGA
Isack Hoppitt 2017 8 min Australia

In the wake of their mother’s death, Leiloa must teach her younger brother to cope without Mum’s cooking.

THE BOY FROM RAROTONGA
Joshua Teariki Baker 2017 18 min NZ

A grandmother is forced to look after a grandson she never knew she had. Now in a difficult situation, she must learn to accept the mistakes of her past and reconnect with family she thought had forgotten about her.

SALAMASINA’S DAUGHTERS
Aruna Po-Ching 2017 14min NZ

Salamasina’s Daughters is set in South Auckland, New Zealand, following two Samoan female chiefs, specifically orators, tulafale, a role traditionally for men only. Aruna Po-Ching follows a 73-year old grandmother and a cultural language teacher and we discover their challenges when speaking as a tulafale and what they are doing with their chief titles to serve their family and community.

KA PIKO
Bryson Chun (Hawaii) 2017 9 min USA/Hawaii

When his girlfriend dies during childbirth, Makana, a young Hawaiian man, must complete an indigenous birthing ritual with his girlfriend's overbearing father.

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES
Ian Leaupepe & Samson Rambo 2018 15 min NZ

Set in Ōtara, New Zealand, 'My Friend Michael Jones' features an eclectic ensemble of Pasifika characters dealing with issues relating to anxiety disorder, bullying, LGBTQI and suicide prevention.

Kiriata Aroha

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KIRIATA AROHA
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 1 PM SATURDAY JUNE 2

IF ONLY
Music Video Teeks NZ 3 min 2017

MEKE
Tim Worrall (Maori) 2017 8 min NZ

The arrival of a trainer's daughter into the midst of backstage preparations before an important boxing match threatens to destroy the relationship between fighter and coach.

KOTUKU RERENGA RUA (KOTUKU’S SECOND FLIGHT)
Tim Worrall & Aaron Smart 2017 3 min NZ

A larger-than-life Māori academic is returned to the land of the living by the power of love and the strength of his culture. This three minute documentary is made in Måori and subtitled in English.

BLUE MOON
Olive Jeffares 2017 9 min NZ

A girl deals with the aftermath of a break-up by spending the day alone and writing in the process.

TE MAKUTU, THE CURSE
Jonathan Zsofi 2017 20 min NZ

Two star-crossed lovers in colonial New Zealand incur the wrath of a deadly spirit that follows them into the present where they must decide between lives apart or love and death.

LAST DRINK AT FRIDA’S
Bjorn Stewart (Kuku Yalanji tribe) 12 min Australia

Sydney, 1944. A lonely married jazz singer and a troubled Indigenous soldier find solace in an underground speak easy, where the rules of the outside world don’t apply.

FMRL
Ngaru Garland (Maori) 13 min NZ

A 24-hour romance between Tom, the awkward art student who can’t talk to anyone, and Ally, the friendly drug dealer who can’t open up.

 

Ma'ohi Nui

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MA’OHI NUI: IN THE HEART OF THE OCEAN MY COUNTRY LIES
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 2.15 PM SATURDAY JUNE 2

Director Annick Ghijzelings 2018 Belgium 113 min In French / Tahitian (English Subtitles)

An ancestral voice recites the past, present and future of the Ma'ohi, the people of Tahiti. She speaks to Tanaoa, a young man in search of the fading identity of his people. Eye-witness accounts recall the nuclear testing done by French colonizers from 1966 − 1996 on the French Polynesian atolls Moruroa and Fangataufa, near Tahiti. The words can be heard to the hollow rumbling sound of a bomb explosion in slow-motion, resembling the roar of traditional Polynesian drums. The Ma'ohi sensed the horror around them, yet they were disempowered and could not turn away. Deceived and compelled through money and the seductions of modern life and dispossessed of their land, they gradually lost connection to their Polynesian ways, their resources, their language and their ocean. But the Ma'ohi spirit is resilient, it resists and it survives. Poet and political activist Flora Devatine’s ethereal words recapitulate and empower the voices of a people seeking the path of independence.

A film by Annick Ghijzelings Tahiti, French Polynésia, another face of contemporary colonisation born of the thirty years of French nuclear tests and the vital impetus of the Ma’ohi people trying to survive and who, silently, are seeking the path of independence.

Seven Rivers Walking

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SEVEN RIVERS WALKING
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 10 AM SUNDAY JUNE 3

SEVEN RIVERS WALKING - HAERE MĀRIRE
Gaylene Barnes, Kathleen Gallagher 2017 84 min NZ

With walkers, rafters, farmers and fishing folk, we journey the alpine to spring rivers of Canterbury. This lyrical documentary from New Zealand is an intimate portrait of the struggles around water – globally the most precious resource of our time.

Waru

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WARU
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 12.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 2

Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones

New Zealand 86 min 2017 English, Maori

Comprised of eight vignettes that document the funeral of a young Maori boy, Waru is a formally complex reflection on tragedy, responsibility, and the intimate grain of a community united in the face of grief. 

Made up of eight short films, each 10 minutes in length and directed by a different filmmaker, Waru is a formally unique and narratively ambitious endeavour. Each of these stories, presented as a continuous shot in real time, is an approach to the same traumatic event: the death of a young boy, Waru, at the hands of his caregiver.

Using as its departure point the tangi (funeral) of the small boy, the film takes the perspectives of eight different women, all of whom are connected in varying degrees to Waru's family and community. Each vignette has a remarkable feeling of immediacy; taken together, the films affect like a thunderclap. A Pandora's box of difficult questions — around responsibility, guilt, shame, and poverty — is opened. These stories do not only dwell in the dark moments, however. From the schoolroom to the community kitchen to a television studio, humour, warmth, pride, and courage provide textured insight into a complex society.

The first feature film made by Maori women in almost 30 years, and shot in only eight days (one day per short), Waru is not only an unconventional achievement in filmmaking, it is a remarkable tribute to the female eye, in particular, those of eight extraordinary Maori.

(Jane Schoettle – Toronto International Film Festival)

Pakipumeka Iti

  FLAT ROCKS

FLAT ROCKS

PAKIPUMEKA ITI
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 2.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

INANGA
Philadelphia Mete King (Māori) 2017 5 min NZ

A film that brings us along for the ride with a local community working to help inanga (whitebait).

NOA AND NOEL
Chris Wong (Anishinaabe), Candy Ranae Fox, Howard Adler 15 min 2017 New Zealand English, Cree & Maori w/ Eng. Subs

A Beautiful conversation and exchange between a Cree Elder, Noel Starblanket, and a Maori language speaker, Noa Campbell.

NIISOTEWAK
Jules Koostachin 2017 16 min Canada

NiiSoTeWak translates to “walking the path together”, and Cree traditional teachings claim that although identical twins are born with two separate bodies, they share only one heart. Through the eyes of spirited ten-year-old Inninewak (Cree) twin boys, Tapwewin (Speaking Truth) and Pawaken (Totem) explore and question the essence of their Being in relation to the world and people around them.

STRONG CULTURE
Jarryd O'Keefe 2017 3 min Australia

A warrior chief in a small village in Vanuatu prepares for a traditional war dance ceremony that honours the ancestral culture of his people.

RECLAMATION
Viveka Frost 2018 4 min Venezuela, Bolivian Republic

A short poetic documentary film about Indigenous Identity.

AKAU - BEGINNINGS
Rowena Baines 2016 11 min NZ

This short documentary follows the story of Te Teira Rakete, one of the first students to participate in the Akau architecture and design course in Kaikohe. Despite coming from humble beginnings, he is empowered by the chance to help design a local marae and the door to his future opens wide.

FLAT ROCKS
Courtney Montour 2017 10 min Canada

79-year-old Louis Diabo battles against the construction of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway during the 1950s to save his farm and the Kahnawake Mohawk community. Flat Rocks weaves together breathtaking present-day footage of Kahnawake with archival photos dating back over 80 years revealing the community’s way of life threatened by the Seaway. A poetic narration in the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language voices the community’s connection to the water.

Out of State

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OUT OF STATE
KAHUNGUNU MARAE, 4 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

Director Ciara Lacy 2017 84 min US / Hawaii

Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

It's from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?

OUT OF STATE is preceded by the following short film:

“PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA”
Justyn Ah Chong (Olonā Media) 2017 5 mins United States

"Praise Song for Oceania" is a video poem about the ecologies, histories, politics, economies, and the cultures of the Ocean. Poem is written by Chamorro poet Craig Santos Perez and video was created by Hawaiian filmmaker Justyn Ah Chong of Olonā Media.

The Breaker Upperers

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THE BREAKER UPPERERS
GAIETY THEATRE, 6 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

From the producers of Hunt for the Wilderpeople comes a new offbeat comedy.

Fifteen years ago Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they formed, The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now, in their late-thirties business is booming. They’re a platonic, couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. When they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship unravels.

Directors: Jackie Van Beek, Madeleine Sami

81 min 2018 Comedy New Zealand

Kiriata Ngahere

 The Hammer and the Lamb

The Hammer and the Lamb

Join us for "Films in the Forest" at our closing night celebration!

BUSH CINEMA I
MORERE HALL, 7 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3

KARIRI
Music video Rob Ruha feat Tiki Taane 2017 3 min Director: Shae Sterling (Maori)

TE AKAU
Eraina A McGrath 2017 16 min NZ

A young girl being raised by her father alone in this beautiful country of New Zealand. She was born in Te Akau on the West Coast in 1978 but due to the death of her mother on the day of her birth her father moved them both to to Auckland, New Zealand where she was raised by him alone. He was emotionally absent through her life due to his own grief so she became independently strong. A story about first love, loss, loneliness and having to make a decision that could change her life forever.

TWO STEPS BEHIND
Onehou Strickland 8 min NZ

Pressures from the world they live in begin to make Chris think twice about older brother Mana and himself. Whether he lets this rule their brotherhood will see the course of his life forever.

SONS OF 71
Douglas Brooks 2017 12 min NZ

Two brothers meet on the quiet winter streets of small-town New Zealand. A long way from the sweltering heat and chaos of the Vietnam War, a connection with family may be the one thing a returning soldier needs.

UKTENA AND THUNDER
Joseph Erb 2017 9 min United States

This story is a very old Cherokee story. Long ago, two boys feed a small starving snake. It grows up to be a large Uktena that fights Thunder.

CALVING
Nathan Adler 2017 2 min Canada

Waking up after thousands of years of being encased in ice, the voice of a creature is heard, emerging to find that the world is a much different place, although some things remain the same, he is hungry, and he is still an Apex predator, at the top of the food chain.  

NEEMKOMOK
Douglas Cushnie 2017 20 min United States

Isadora, an Indigenous Californian (Gabrielino/Tongva) woman, faces a battle to survive after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised in the early 1800's. She's helped by Domingo, a Franciscan friar, on the journey to bring her to a Native village where she can finally be safe.

BUSH CINEMA II
MORERE HALL, 8.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 3 

A TRIBE CALLED RED: THE VIRUS
Music video A Tribe Called Red Canada 2017 3 min

A music video on indigenous futurism themes. 

THE VIOLENCE OF A CIVILIZATION
Director Adam Khalil 2018 10 min United States

An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the "Kennewick Man," a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996.

HARD OUT
Howard Adler, Jessie Short, Candy Renae Fox 2017 3 min Canada/NZ

A man wakes up lost and confused on the beach, and it’s a mystery of how and why he got there. This film was made as a part of an International Two-Spirit, Takatāpui, Indigenous GLBTQ+ filmmaking initiative called 7 Fires. It was collaboration between the Mispon Film Festival (Regina), Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Nuhaka, New Zealand), and the Asinabka Film Festival (Ottawa). 

HUIA BOY
7 Fires Collective 2017 7 min Canada/NZ

A transformative love story, reflecting the desire for the return of the sacred Huia bird, an extinct species in New Zealand. Made as part of 7 Fires (See HARD OUT).

VIVA DIVA
Daniel Flores 2017 15 min United States

Rozene and Diva are partners on a road trip to get their gender affirmation surgeries. Along the way Rozene comforts Diva with humor when Diva has trouble reconciling she has HIV. Relying on sex work to pay for their operations, Rozene places an ad on Craigslist as they drive through the place where she grew up.

THE HAMMER AND THE LAMB
Jules F. Chin Greene 2018 6 min Czech Republic

In a world where multiracial, indigenous children are placed in settlement camps, a young woman escapes one night and encounters a mysterious flickering light. A re-telling of the Biblical story of Moses and the Burning Bush, The Hammer and the Lamb examines the psychology of self-sacrifice for women of color.

G’DAY CUZ
Tom Avery 2017 10min Australia

A man wishes to join a white power group but first must undertake a DNA test. Unfortunately he discovers he is not as white as he thinks is.

BUSH CINEMA: OUTDOOR PROJECTIONS

PART I: PROTEST (7.00 pm)

LAND OF THE FREE
Dianne Ouellette (Métis), Margaret Orr 2017 3 min Canada

A spontaneous improvisation with the violin creates a response to the land.

STANDING ROCK
Gabriel O'Byrne 2017 17 min United States

Minimal in its narrative form, this is a poetic documentary on what life was like at the Standing Rock campsite during the #NoDAPL protests. It does not aim to educate the audience on why the protests were happening, or where the movement lies today. Instead, this film shows in a very non-intrusive manner, the kind of people that stood up to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the kind of environment they were living in.

RALLY FOR JUSTICE
Howard Adler (Ojibwa) 2018 12min Canada

This video documents the Rally for Justice held for Tina Fontaine & Colten Boushie on Friday Feb. 23, 2018, on Unceded Algonquin Territory, in Ottawa Canada.

STANDING ROCK
Gabriel O'Byrne 2017 17 min United States

Minimal in its narrative form, this is a poetic documentary on what life was like at the Standing Rock campsite during the #NoDAPL protests. It does not aim to educate the audience on why the protests were happening, or where the movement lies today. Instead, this film shows in a very non-intrusive manner, the kind of people that stood up to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the kind of environment they were living in.

PART II: INDIGENOUS FUTURISM (8.00 pm)

420 IN MAHIA
Kahu Kuranui (Māori) 2018 4 min NZ

Take a trippy trip to Zygertron, as Troy Kingi’s beats awaken a world of Māori space age moonlight daydreaming.

ASTRO BLACK DESTINATION PLANET ROCK
Soda_Jerk 2008 5 min Australia
The three future originators of hip-hop – DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash – are abducted and transported across the galaxy to Planet Rock where they are schooled in the alien language of turntablism.

AGOPHOBIA
Benjamin Ross Hayden 2013 24 min Canada

A time beyond humanity within a digital world.  Agophobia is a new fear of the distant human past  in a future where technology has manifested all  life. The Ram encounters fantastical beings, engaging to defy his place and escape.

RAGNAROK
Agne Agodeme 2017 8 min Lithuania

The storm is coming. The Eagle is captured by the spirit of the doom. A bullet is fired to the eagle’s fatal battle.