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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)