SHORTS

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.

 

 

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.

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.





 

Kiriata Ngahere

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

KIRIATA NGĀHERE
BUSH CINEMA

Morere Hall 7 pm to 10 pm Sunday June 2

Part 1 (7 pm)

TAKE (Hinemihi Marae, Archival Photograph)

TAKE (Hinemihi Marae, Archival Photograph)

Take

Director Victoria Hunt, Producer Margot Nash, 9 minutes, Australia, Documentary, Short

Set in the liminal spaces between history and emotion TAKE unfolds a story of origins, of traumatic events and colonial violence. Cast: Victoria Hunt. Language: English, Māori.

SPARROW

SPARROW

Sparrow

Director Welby Ings Producer Robin Murphy 15 minutes New Zealand, Short

When the truth behind a family myth is exposed, a young boy finds the strength to stand up for himself in an unusual way.

EMKHATSINI BETWEEN

EMKHATSINI BETWEEN

Emkhatsini (Between)

Director Toa Stappard, Writer Toa Stappard, Producer Toa Stappard, Sindisiwe Nxumalo

14 minutes, United Kingdom, Short

A woman finds herself, lost in the deserted Swazi outback when she tries to locate an elusive community leader. Cast: Sindisiwe Nxumalo, Ntando Nxumalo, Zweli Maseko, Mhlaba Dlamini.

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

The Moon and The Night

Director Erin Lau, 19 minutes, United States, Short

In rural Hawaii, a teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight.

Part 2 (8 pm)

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

The Pit Where We Were Born

Director Alexander Bocchieri, Writer Alexander Bocchieri, Producer Matthew Nagato, Anela Ling, Bryson Chun, 12 minutes, United States, Experimental, Short

A father and son reunite around the family 'imu of their Wai'anae farm, to reckon with addiction, control, and a past that continues to color their future.

TEETH

TEETH

Teeth

Director Aaron Schnobrich, Writer Aaron Schnobrich, Producer Ciara Lacy, 13 minutes, United States, Documentary

Teeth is an intimate portrait of sex trafficking in the Aloha state.  Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s healing from sexual abuse as a child parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth. Aloha is replacing her pain and an ever-present fight to survive.

MAUKA TO MAKAI

MAUKA TO MAKAI

Mauka To Makai

Director Jonah Okano, Alika Maikau, Writer Alika Maikau, Producer Kelsie Greene

25 minutes, United States, Short

Mauka To Makai offers an unfiltered window in to a day in the lives of two cousins, who, while traveling from Kāneʻohe to Kailua, grapple with their identity, vices, and the familial bonds that make and break them. Cast: Holden Mandrial-Santos, Kawika Kahiapo, Ehulani Kane, Tira Akina, Kauikeolani Goodness, Guy Copeland, Ponialoha Pali

Part 3 (9 pm)

THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE

THE TREE AND THE PIROGUE

The Tree and the Pirogue

Director Sébastien Marques, Writer Sébastien Marques, Producer Sébastien Marques, Mélissa Malinbaum, 25 Minutes, France, Short

The life of a Melanesian tribe is disrupted by the progressive arrival of modernity. Iabe, a young Melanesian, finds this change very hard to cope with and gets lost between his traditions and this modernity. Cast: Iabe Lapacas, Jean-Pierre Swan, Maurice Haeweng.

808

808

808

Director Meilani Wenska, Writer Meilani Wenska, Producer Meilani Wenska, Robert Amico - Supervising Producer, 14 minutes, United States, Short

808 is an emotional thriller of a film.  The Hawaiian culture, land, and its exploitation are woven throughout the story as Kai, a lonely Hawaiian woman yearning to reconnect with her children, returns home. Cast: Meilani Wenska, Joneé Shady, Evie Abat, Faleolo Alaima, Taani Fuahala, Armond Kinard, Robert Amico, Pamela Keith, Keoleihi Howe.

THE LAST TAXI DANCE

THE LAST TAXI DANCE

Last Taxi Dance

Director Brayden Yoder, Writer Brayden Yoder, Producer Ciara Lacy, Robert Bates, Concepcion Alicino, Brayden Yoder, 18 minutes, United States, Short

In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die. Cast: Danielle Zalopany, Max Holtz, Cyndi Mayo