docs

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.

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.

Pakipumeka Iti

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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.

SEARCHING FOR THE BONE PEOPLE
Zihán Chang 2017 25 Min New Zealand

Mathilde Caër, a young French Literature scholar came to New Zealand in search of her long-time literary hero, Keri Hulme. She decided to undertake a journey with the view of fulfilling her fascination with the land and the people.

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.