Festival Gala Awards Night

Fran Kora

Fran Kora

Festival Gala Awards Night

6 pm Reception
7 pm Gala Commences

An evening of music, films, moving image and the magic that is Wairoa!

Including WIFT Mana Wahine Award to Whetu Fala.

Featuring:
              FRAN KORA LIVE
From Kora and Modern Māori Quartet
Star of “The Pā Boys”

Special screening: Hinekura Becs Arahanga
For International Year of Indigenous Languages

The following indigenous digital tapestries will be screening:

Kōwhai - Aydriannah Tuiali'i

SaVAge K'Lub Digital Tapa
Rosanna Raymond & Jaimie Waititi
Mana Wairoa – Tracey Tawhiao

Official Festival Powhiri

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KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA, 11 AM 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!

Tatau Tatau Gallery

Nakunaku

Nakunaku

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FREE EVENT

“Tatau Tatau” Pop-Up Art Gallery
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka

Moving image art works (Saturday)

Nakunaku Sandy Wakefield

Ahuriri - Asinnajaq

Documentary installation (Sat/Sun)

Matariki Seven Sisters Karen Sidney

Ngā Pou Raranga o Rakaipaaka (Saturday)
Nuhaka weaving group workshop & market

Screenings (Sunday) 11 am & 1 pm

Saakkhelu, The offering to Mother Earth

Home Inuk Jørgensen, Greenland 

Mazocahui Mexico 

Identidad Panamá

Waorani Ecuador
Creation of The World  Antonio Coello

Waniska Various

Feature film
In Times of Rain (Feature) Mexico Sunday 2 pm

Art & photography
Charlotte Graham – Art Works
Qiane Matata Sipu – NUKU
Raymond Sagapolutele – Scenes from LILIU

Mana Wahine Shorts

Donita Hume SPIRIT WOMON

Donita Hume SPIRIT WOMON

MANA WAHINE SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 6 pm Friday May 31

You ripped out my mother tongue

You ripped out my mother tongue

 YOU RIPPED OUT MY MOTHER TONGUE

Director Tessa Williams, 4 minutes, New Zealand, Short 

Only a mere 4 generations ago Maori children in New Zealand were physically and mentally punished for speaking their own language, it was the European settlers attempt to assimilate Maori into the English way of life. This is my mother's journey without Te Reo Māori, she aches for this lost knowledge. Cast: Jacqueline Parekura Russell, Jaquey Te Wairua Williams

FALLING UP

FALLING UP

FALLING UP

Director Chelsie Preston Crayford (Ngāti Kahungunu ō Wairoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Tūwharetoa), Writer Chelsie Preston Crayford, Producer Andrew Marshall, 13 minutes, New Zealand, Short 

Falling Up unravels the exhaustion, grief and heartache of relationship breakdown while revealing the mundane joy, the unending love and the quiet triumph of young motherhood.  Cast: Chelsie Preston Crayford, Olive Crayford Edwards, Anton Tenet.

OCHISKWACHO

OCHISKWACHO

OCHISKWACHO

Director Jules Koostachin, Writer Jules Koostachin, Producer Jules Koostachin,  15 minutes, Canada, Short 

Ochiskwacho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the Ochiskwacho. Cast: Giselle Pare-Ramirez, Gloria Eshkibok, Tapwewin Koostachin-Chakasim, Pawaken Koostachin-Chakasim, Mahiigan Koostachin.

ONYOTA'A:KA KHALE TSI'TKALÙ:TO ONEIDA AND TORONTO

ONYOTA'A:KA KHALE TSI'TKALÙ:TO
ONEIDA AND TORONTO

ONYOTA'A:KA KHALE TSI'TKALÙ:TO
ONEIDA AND TORONTO

Director Judith Schuyler, Writer Judith Schuyler, Producer Judith Schuyler, Amee Le, 3 minutes, Canada, Experimental, Short 

This self-reflective work utilizes a spilt screen to examine ways of life for people of the Onyota'a:ka (people of the standing stone) both in the city of Toronto and on the Oneida Nation Settlement.

SPIRIT WOMON

SPIRIT WOMON

SPIRIT WOMON

Directors Various, Producer Hiona Henare, 27 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary 

Eleven indigenous women from around the earth were invited to share a piece of wisdom about being indigenous today. And to support the magnificent diversity of indigenous women everywhere. The higher purpose of this project is to magnify the visibility and the voice of these women on a big screen.

Spirit Womon:

  • Stephanie Big Eagle (U.S.A)

  • Donita Hulme (Fiji | Australia)

  • Tracey Tawhiao (New Zealand)

  • Rosary Spence (Canada)

  • Becs Arahanga (New Zealand)

  • Jenny Fraser (Australia)

  • Tina Ngata (New Zealand)

  • Laura Grizzly Paws (Canada)

  • Hiyas Baldermor Bagabaldo (Phillipines)

  • Malia Hulleman (Hawaii)

  • Majorie Kunaq Tahbone (Alaska)

Pasifika Shorts

Toa`ipuapuagā strength in suffering

Toa`ipuapuagā strength in suffering

PASIFIKA SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 8 pm Friday May 31

Kaumakaiwa

Kaumakaiwa

Kaumakaiwa

Director Bradley Tangonan, Producer Darrin Kaneshiro, 3 minutes, United States, Documentary, Short

Kumu Hula Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole demonstrates how hula and oli, or chanting, connects her to the land and the spirits therein. Cast: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

Toa`ipuapuagā strength in suffering

Toa`ipuapuagā strength in suffering

Toa`ipuapuagā strength in suffering

Director Vea Mafile`o, Writer Vea Mafile`o, Producer Vea Mafile`o, 10 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary

When a young Samoan woman is stricken with bleeding stigmata during an Easter church service, she must face both adoration and condemnation from her deeply religious island community while struggling to maintain life as a wife and mother.

Hae Hawai’i

Hae Hawai’i

Hae Hawaiʻi

Director Ty Sanga, Writer Oliver Evangalista, Producer Caleb Lucero, Greg Doi, Ty Sanga, 17 minutes, United States, Short

In 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy is illegally overthrown. A group of elites secretly enlist a young man to steal the Hawaiian flag on Annexation Day. Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Kekoa Kekumano, Moses Goods

Our Father

Director Esther Mauga, 19 minutes, New Zealand 

A family lives with the torment of their father.

The Messiah

The Messiah

The Messiah

Director Vela Manusaute, Writer Vela Manusaute, Producer Sandra Kailahi, 15 minutes, New Zealand, Short

A young runaway finds refuge with a 17 year-old self proclaimed Messiah in a South Auckland garage only to discover that true salvation is in his own hands. Cast: Iavana Seuala, Haanz Fa'avae Jackson, Daya Sao Mafiti, Hector Jack Manusaute, Anapela Polataivao, Albert Heimuli, Kevin Kuresa

 

Moana Nui A Kiwa Shorts

Our atoll speaks

Our atoll speaks

MOANA NUI A KIWA SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 10.30 am Saturday June 1

 

Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te waka

Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te waka

Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te WAKA
From the back of the canoe to the front of the canoe

Director Jeremy Leatinuu, Writer Jeremy Leatinuu, 8 minutes, New Zealand

With a title meaning “from the back of the canoe to the front of the canoe,” this work raises questions of narration and translation by recounting two interconnected stories in a voiceover performed by the artist with quiet intensity. Both tell of trajectories of migration and settlement that predate the arrival of Europeans in Aotearoa, of crossing sea and land in search of a different future, carrying the accumulated practices of the past to new horizons. Language: English, Māori.

Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

Our Atoll Speaks, Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

Director Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Writers Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky,  Florence Ngatokorua “Johnny” Tiane Frisbie, Producer Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky, 12 minutes, United States, Documentary, Short

This short documentary is a meditation on the indigenous climate knowledge of the people of Pukapuka/Nassau, Cook Islands. A communal poem developed from interviews with Pukapukans from 2015-2017 interweaves with stunning images of the transluscent seas, frigate birds, spear fishing, and taro patches. This communal poem provides a visual metaphor for indigenous climate knowledge.

Back in the water house

Back in the water house

Back in the Water House

Director Pauline Adalid, Writer Pauline Adalid, Producer Pauline Adalid, 14 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary, Student, Short

A story about motherhood, Back in the Water House follows mother-daughter artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies as their relationship is further strengthened by tapa - a Tongan traditional cloth made from the inner bark of a mulberry tree.

I am Waru

I am Waru

I Am Waru

Director Angela Cudd-Wharehinga, Producer Angela Cudd-Wharehinga, 13 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary, Short

"I Am Waru" is about a solo father, who is driven by his dark past to find an alternative way of parenting. He discovers an answer in his Māori roots. Cast: Josh Wharehinga. Language: English, Māori.

Uapōifalemalu

Uapōifalemalu

Uapōifalemalu

Director Brown Paper Ink, Crooked Fence Films, Producer Crooked Fence Films, Brown Paper Ink,
13 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary, Short 

Uapōifalemalu is a love letter and celebration, a dedication to Sāmoan women. Our aunties, mothers, grandmothers - our tinā. They raise us, they nurture us, they teach us, they care for us - and care for each other. Language: English, Samoan.

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Te Hauhake Kūmara Ki Te Parapara
Kūmara Harvest at Te Parapara Garden

Director Sebastian J. Lowe , Wiremu Puke (Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Porou), Writer Wiremu Puke (Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Porou), Sebastian J. Lowe Producer Sebastian J. Lowe, 9 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary

This short observational documentary is about the annual kūmara (sweet potato) harvest at Te Parapara Garden at the Hamilton Gardens in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand. This short film not only looks at how local kūmara planting traditions are re-lived and celebrated by contemporary Māori, but also celebrates the re-awakening of Ngāti Wairere’s carving tradition, which has been dormant since the 1840s. Cast: Wiremu Puke (Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Porou)

New Voices Shorts

Nancy from now on

Nancy from now on

NEW VOICES SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 12.30 pm Saturday June 1

Kia Ora

Director/Writer/Producer Philly Kingsford-Brown/Metekingi, 5 minutes, New Zealand, Short

A film about a young girl who learns about the importance of Te Reo and her elders in an unfortunate way.

Cast: Maizy Kingsford-Brown, Whare Akuhata. Language: Māori.

Undercurrents

Undercurrents

Undercurrents

Director Tosca Christie, Producer Tosca Christie, 12 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary, Short, Student

Undercurrents is about three people's personal connection to New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato. It shows three different sides to the river.  Undercurrents explores the light and dark, the twists and turns of the mighty Waikato.

Cosmic Adventures

Cosmic Adventures

Cosmic Adventures

Director Bailey Poching, Writer Bailey Poching, Producer Maronui Taimana, 13 minutes, New Zealand, Short, Student

Kent Lasershaft is a superhero for the ages. A defender of the weak and hero of the innocent. He’s also the creation of Kent Edwards, a quiet nerd who finds solace in his fantasy creation: the world of Cosmic Adventures!  Cast: Kurt Utai-Laurenson, Bryn Henry.

Nancy From Now On

Nancy From Now On

Nancy From Now On

Director Keely Meechan, Writer Keely Meechan, Producer Alesha Ahdar, Keely Meechan, 19 minutes, New Zealand, Short, Student

Nancy From Now On is a coming-of-age film about a young Māori boy with a burning desire to become a Drag Queen. Cast: Bailey Poching, Taungaroa Emile, Wilson Downes. Language: English, Māori.

 

 

In Conversation with Fred Renata

Fred Renata (Photo: Pantograph Punch)

Fred Renata (Photo: Pantograph Punch)

In Conversation with Fred Renata

Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Saturday June 1, 2 pm to 3.30 pm

Special Event In Conversation with Fred Renata

Reflections from a master cinematographer. With show reels and short films, and korero (90 minutes).

Biography: (from NZ On Screen)

Fred Renata segued from electrical engineering into film, after joining the camera crew on Merata Mita's first and only dramatic feature, Mauri (1987). He went on to work on pioneering Māori drama series E Tipu e Rea. Since then Renata's work as a director of photography has crossed all mediums, from music videos and commercials, to multiple episodes of teen hit Being Eve and hit feature Mt Zion. He has also shot many documentaries (Poi E - The Story of Our SongHotere), often with Māori themes. In 2003 Renata scored an NZ Television award for his work on TV series Street Legal.     

Fred has an eye like a viewfinder. Larry (Parr) suggested that Fred's pupils might be rectangular — and I don't think he's far wrong.Magik and Rose director Vanessa Alexander

Turtle Island Shorts

TURTLE ISLAND SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 10.30 am Sunday June 2

Her Water Drum

Her Water Drum

Her Water Drum

Director Jonathan Elliott, Writer Jonathan Elliott, Producer Erica Orofino, Jonathan Elliott, 16 minutes, Canada, Short

In the wake of her daughter's disappearance, Jolene, a single Mohawk mother, is forced to pick up the pieces of her life and navigate an increasingly strenuous relationship with her troubled son David. As secrets emerge, their relationship faces its toughest challenge yet as they confront the reality of their situation. Cast: Nadia George, Michael Riley, Chanin Lee.

Gutk'odau

Gutk'odau

Gutk'odau (Yellow)

Director Adam Piron, Producer Rose Paahavet, 8 minutes, United States, Documentary, Experimental

A young man learns to build his first tipi. An elder projects language rather than instructing it. A home inhabits a person, and that person within a soul. These vignettes offer a cultural context and triangulation of meaning within the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

The last walk

The last walk

The Last Walk

Director Anna Hoover, Writer Anna Hoover, Producer Laura J. Milliken, 13 minutes, United States, Short

A sister sets out into the unforgiving land to find her sister, who has been banished from their community for negligence that ended tragically. The banished sister has battled depression since the great loss, causing her to isolate herself from her community. Cast: Marika Cockney, Polly Andrews.

Silla

Silla

Silla

Director Howard Adler, Producer Adele Cardamone-Martel, 21 minutes, Canada, Documentary

Silla is a short documentary about Silla and Rise, it follows the band members behind the scenes as they prepare for and play numerous live shows, it delves into the historical suppression of Inuit traditions, and how their music is reviving and reclaiming the beautiful art form of Inuit throat singing. Cast: Charlotte Qamaniq, Cynthia Pitsiulak, Rise Ashen. Language: English, Inuktitut.

Kiriata Oranga

Suspended Generation

Suspended Generation

KIRIATA ORANGA SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 1 pm Sunday June 2

He Oranga Pumau

He Oranga Pumau

He Oranga Pumau

Director Tanya Filia, Jessie McVeagh, Writer Tanya Filia, Jessie McVeagh, Producer Jessie McVeagh

32 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary

In 2015 Doctors told Tanya Filia she had two months to live - she turned back to Māori traditions and began a whole new journey. Cast: Tanya Filia. Language: English, Māori.

Let Us Visit Eternity For The Road Is Made For Water

Let Us Visit Eternity For The Road Is Made For Water

Let us visit eternity for the road is made of water

Director Sebastian J Lowe, 5 minutes, New Zealand, Experimental

Let us visit eternity for the road is made of water emerges out of the Orongorongo Valley, in the Remutaka Forest Ranges, on the lower North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Ngā taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments) are intertwined with the New Zealand environment and situated within Te Ao Māori, the Māori world and/or dimension.  Cast: RG Shaw.

Made in Paiwan

Made in Paiwan

Made in Païwan

Director Jonathan Bougard, Writer Jonathan Bougard, Producer Jonathan Bougard

5 minutes, French Polynesia, Documentary

Païwan People share a rich tattooing tradition which was closely related to cultural identity and social status before the vanishement during WWII.

Suspended Generation

Suspended Generation

Suspended Generation

Director Andrea Egan, Joe Hitchcock, Producer Andrea Egan, 7 minutes, United States, Documentary, Short

We all hope that our children have a bright future. This is a story of kids in Kiribati facing the harsh realities of climate change. This is their story from their perspective. Suspended between a home they love, and a world they are only beginning to understand, they are facing these realities now and their story should remind us that they deserve a livable future.  

Kiriata O Te Ao Marama

KALEWA

KALEWA

KIRIATA O TE AO MARAMA
SCI-FI SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 2 pm Sunday June 2

Light

Director Sarah Hennigan, Writer Sarah Hennigan, Producer, 15 minutes, United States, Short, Student

A gifted young woman launches into the darkness to find a way to save her people. What she uncovers, nobody expected. A 21st-Century reinterpretation of a Cherokee oral story. Cast: Abigail Lucas, Ross Clark

TIKI X823 Thanx for all the fish

TIKI X823 Thanx for all the fish

TIKI-X823: Thanx for all the fish

Director Jason Taouma, Writer Jason Taouma, Producer Jason Taouma, 19 minutes, New Zealand, Short

In a distant future an explorer known as a Tiki, must rediscover a post apocalyptic Aotearoa in order to uncover the mystery of Experiment 823 which infects the mind with some form of virtual virus. Tiki-X823 balances the speaking of three languages Samoan, Tongan and Chinese to weave a rich tapestry of intrigue. Cast: Missy Pelu, Lai Tupuola, Lolo Fonua, Hi Yi. Language: Chinese, Samoan, Tongan.

Kalewa

Kalewa

Kālewa

Director Mitchel Viernes, Writer Mitchel Viernes, Producer Gerard Elmore, Erik Ries, Darrin Kaneshiro, James Charisma, Brian Watanabe, 16 minutes, United States, Short

In the future, a Hawaiian astronaut makes the next great leap for his planet, his family, and himself. Tonight is his last chance. Cast: Michael Hake , Kimo Kahoano, Danielle Zalopany, Jason Quinn, Lisa Barnes.

Falls Around Her

Tantoo Cardinal in Falls Around Her

Tantoo Cardinal in Falls Around Her

FALLS AROUND HER

Kahungunu Marae 3.30 pm Sunday June 2

 FALLS AROUND HER

Director Darlene Naponse, Writer Darlene Naponse, Producer Darlene Naponse

 minutes, Canada, Feature

 Falls Around Her follows Mary Birchbark (Tantoo Cardinal), a legendary singer who returns to the vast wilderness of her reserve to reconnect with the land and her community. Mary begins to sense that someone might be watching her. Unsure of what is real and what is imagined, Mary embraces isolation as she explores the psychological impact of her past and present.

Cast: Tantoo Cardinal

 Language: English

Feature Film

Tantoo Cardinal in FALLS AROUND HER

Tantoo Cardinal in FALLS AROUND HER

Tantoo Cardinal shines as a world-famous Anishinaabe musician who returns to the reserve to rest and recharge - only to discover that fame (and the outside world) are not easily left behind, in writer-director Darlene Naponse's riveting portrait of resilience set among a northern First Nation. Find out more: http://www.pnwpictures.com/cinema/falls-around-her

Director Biography

Darlene Naponse is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario. She was born and raised in her community and now works out of her studio located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

She is a writer, film director, and video artist. Her film work has been viewed nationally and internationally.

She worked with community leaders and elders to write and ratify the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Gchi-Naaknigewin (Constitution). She continues governance and First Nations land/human rights work in her community.

She owns Pine Needle Productions an award-winning boutique Film/Video/Audio Recording Production Studio, located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. 
Darlene has a Hon. BA 2001 from Laurentian University and recently completed a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). 
The 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Finalist for “She Is Water” published in The Malahat Review. 
As a storyteller, Darlene is in search of imaginative images giving truth through word, film, art and song. 

Matariki Shorts

Hinekura

Hinekura

MATARIKI SHORTS

Gaiety Theatre 12 pm Sunday June 2

Hinekura

Hinekura

Hinekura

Director Becs Arahanga, Writer Becs Arahanga, Producers Kath Akuhata-Brown, Sharlene George

17 minutes, New Zealand, Short

The story of one young woman’s rite of passage as she steps into her destiny. Cast: Amy Kahumako Rameka, Jared Rawiri. Language: Māori.

Ani

Ani

Ani

Director Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Producer Sarah Cook

12 minutes, New Zealand, Short

9-year-old Ani drifts into a land of play and make believe after her mother runs out on the family - leaving Ani and her father to fend for themselves. Disconnected from each other, Ani and her father try and maintain a semblance of routine. Ani gives up on her phantom mother, and finds her father alone. She holds him. Ani knows mum is not coming back. Cast: Isabella Evans, Maaka Pohatu.

KRYSTAL

KRYSTAL

Krystal

Director Briar Grace-Smith, Writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Producer Jaimee Poipoi, 13 minutes, New Zealand, Short

When a young woman is released for 24 hours from jail and is taken to a party by her brother, she’s forced to confront events from the past. Cast: Darneen Christian.

LILIU

LILIU

Liliu

Director Jeremiah Tauamiti, Writer Jeremiah Tauamiti, Producer Ngaire Fuata, 17 minutes, New Zealand, Short

Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for a Native Court in Colonial, New Zealand Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people and at times lies as he translates. Cast: Vito Vito, Ana Tuisila, Peter Hayden, Tuiasau Uelese Petaia. Language: English, Samoan.





 

Merata

Merata

Merata

MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Gaiety Theatre 2 pm Sunday June 2

MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN

Director Heperi Mita, Producer Chelsea Winstanley, New Zealand 2018, 87 minutes
Feature, Documentary

“As the archivist of Merata Mita’s work, her youngest son Hepi Mita embarks on a journey through his mother’s life. Creating a dialogue between her work as a filmmaker and her personal life, his unique excavation reveals how deeply connected the personal, the political, and the creative were for the late Merata Mita (1942–2010). The first female Maori director’s career began in the 1970s with the observational documentaries Bastion Point: Day 507 and Patu!. Her debut fiction film Mauri (1988) was not only the first film to be made by a Maori woman, it was also the first feature film ever to be made by an Indigenous woman anywhere in the world. Interweaving a wealth of archive footage with extracts from her interviews, as well as her children’s memories, Merata’s personal story - of being Maori, a woman, a mother and a filmmaker in Aotearoa - speaks to the wider experiences and universal struggles that are still being faced by Indigenous filmmakers everywhere in the world today. This documentary does not only shed light on a resilient woman who fought for her goal to ‘indigenise the screen’ - it also reveals the strain this kind of political work was to have on her family.” - Berlinale 2019

The Gravedigger of Kapu

The Gravedigger of Kapu

Feature film preceded by the following short film:

The Gravedigger Of Kapu

Director Libby Hakaraia, Writer Libby Hakaraia, Producer Tainui Stephens, 16 minutes, New Zealand, Short

An old time gravedigger wants his nephew to carry on the traditions. Cast: Jim Moriarty, Tanira Cooper

Soldiers Without Guns

Soldiers Without Guns

Soldiers Without Guns

SOLDIERS WITHOUT GUNS

Gaiety Theatre 4 pm Sunday June 2

SOLDIERS WITHOUT GUNS

Director Will Watson, Writer Will Watson, Producer John Keir, Lisa Walker

 minutes, New Zealand, Documentary

 

The riveting journey of coalition soldiers as they land unarmed into the heat of a 10 year civil war using only the weapons of Music, Maori Culture and Love to create peace.   This radical idea of sending soldiers without guns was condemned by the  media because they felt the soldiers would be massacred given the first 14 peace attempts had failed.  This film shines a light on the untold story, of unsung heroes and their, “mission impossible.” A story of love, compassion and hope in a world struggling with growing and entrenched hostilities. Language: English

http://www.tmipictures.co.nz

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Feature film preceded by the following short film:

Me mate Ururoa

Me mate Ururoa

Die Like A Shark (Me Mate Ururoa)

Director Nick Epstein, Writer Nick Epstein, Producer Shane Rangi, 15 minutes, New Zealand, Short

An ageing fighter’s life falls apart as he refuses to face the end of his once bright career.

Cast: Shane Rangi, Mark Hadlow, Laura Thompson, Jed Brophy

Brown Boys

Brown Boys

Brown Boys

BROWN BOYS

Gaiety Theatre 6 pm Sunday June 2

BROWN BOYS

Directed by Hans Masoe (feature debut)

Starring Hans Masoe, Eteuati Ete, Tom Natoealofa, Aleni Tufuga, Johnny Aukusitino, Jesme Fa'auuga, Peter Leaupepe, Lagi Farrani

Written by Hans Masoe

New Zealand 2019, 92 mins

Pete is 27, but according to his exasperated father, he still acts 'like a 17-year-old'. Brown Boys covers similar comic territory to breakthrough 2006 PI big screen comedy Sione's Wedding. It's a born and bred Auckland story exploring themes like male friendship, PI-Kiwi cultural expectations and tough life decisions. Actor Hans Masoe  (Aroha) stars as Pete, the smooth, romantic 'player'; the film also marks his first outing as writer and director. Pete's dad is played by Eteuati Ete, one half of legendary PI-Kiwi comic duo Laughing Samoans.