FEATURE

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. 

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.