Maori Pasifika Films @ Presence Autochtone

Curated by Leo Koziol and Deborah Walker-Morrison of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, the following two programmes of Maori Pasifika short films will be presented at Presence Autochtone First Peoples Festival in Montreal in August.

PROGRAMME ONE: MANA WAHINE SHORTS

Short films directed and written by, or strongly featuring, Maori and Pasifika women.

TE AHI KAI PO

2018 Shae Sterling (Māori) NZ 6 min Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

ROTO
Louise Potiki Bryant (Māori) 2017 8 min NZ

Inspired by Lake Wānaka in Te Wai Pounamu, acclaimed artist Louise Potiki Bryant presents a striking dance film that explores our consciousness and emotional state, embodied within the word “roto” meaning both “lake” and “within”. With this film the lake becomes a metaphor for our consciousness, and the surface of the lake is likened to our emotional state.

MOON MELON
Trina Peterrz (Samoan) 2017 9 min NZ

A group of young Polynesian women trying to break cultural boundaries and gender stereotypes within their community find themselves and something else.

MOUSE
Lani-Rain Felton (Māori) 2018 15 min NZ 

A couple faced with a small animal's suffering don't know what to do; she suggests stepping on its head but he prefers to cover it up. Winner - Best Actress Māori 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Festival

LAUNDRY
Director/Writer Becs Arahanga (Māori) Producer Julian Arahanga 2017 10 mins  NZ

A funny, light-hearted, and cringingly relatable story about love life after marriage. Starring Aidee Walker and Jarod Rawiri.

WAITING
Writer Samuel Kamu (Pasifika) Director Amberley Jo Aumua (Pasifika/Maori) 2017 12 mins NZ (Unitec)

Two best friends become brothers as they wait for a life-changing phone-call. Winner - Best Short, NZ's Best, NZIFF 2017. TIFF 2017.

PROGRAMME TWO: MAORI PASIFIKA SHORTS

Short films directed and written by Maori and Pasifika people.

POSSUM
Director/Writer Dave Whitehead (Māori) 2017 15 min NZ

Set in New Zealand in the 1970s, Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named Scar. Possum is a short film based on a true story between director Dave Whitehead and his older brother Nathan, based on when they grew up in rural Wairoa. Filmed in Otaki.

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
Any Beyersdorf 2017 15 min Australia

A single mother living on the fringes of society with her two girls wakes in the night with a unique problem – a light, shining from within her – taking over her life as it takes over her body. With Whirimako Black and music by Leonard Cohen (sung by SAY LOU LOU) and composed by John Kilbey.

SALAMASINA’S DAUGHTERS
Aruna Po-Ching 2017 14min NZ

Salamasina’s Daughters is set in South Auckland, New Zealand, following two Samoan female chiefs, specifically orators, tulafale, a role traditionally for men only. Aruna Po-Ching follows a 73-year old grandmother and a cultural language teacher and we discover their challenges when speaking as a tulafale and what they are doing with their chief titles to serve their family and community.

MEKE
Tim Worrall (Maori) 2017 8 min NZ

The arrival of a trainer's daughter into the midst of backstage preparations before an important boxing match threatens to destroy the relationship between fighter and coach. Meke – Best Actor Māori 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Festiva

KA PIKO
Bryson Chun (Hawaii) 2017 9 min USA/Hawaii

When his girlfriend dies during childbirth, Makana, a young Hawaiian man, must complete an indigenous birthing ritual with his girlfriend's overbearing father.

TE MAKUTU, THE CURSE
Jonathan Zsofi 2017 20 min NZ

Two star-crossed lovers in colonial New Zealand incur the wrath of a deadly spirit that follows them into the present where they must decide between lives apart or love and death.

Maori Pasifika Films @ Asinabka

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Curated by Leo Koziol and Deborah Walker-Morrison of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, the following programme of Maori Pasifika short films will be presented at Asinabka Film & Art Festival in Ottawa, Canada, in August.

TE AHI KAI PO

2018 Shae Sterling (Māori) NZ 6 min Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

MEKE
Tim Worrall (Maori) 2017 8 min NZ

The arrival of a trainer's daughter into the midst of backstage preparations before an important boxing match threatens to destroy the relationship between fighter and coach. Meke – Best Actor Māori 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Festival

MOUSE
Lani-Rain Felton (Māori) 2018 15 min NZ 

A couple faced with a small animal's suffering don't know what to do; she suggests stepping on its head but he prefers to cover it up. Winner - Best Actress Māori 2018 Wairoa Maori Film Festival

MOON MELON
Trina Peterrz (Samoan) 2017 9 min NZ

A group of young Polynesian women trying to break cultural boundaries and gender stereotypes within their community find themselves and something else.

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Dianna Fuemana (Pasifika) 2017 15 min NZ

A teenager and a solo mum prepare to have their own fun on a Sunday. "Tiger knows exactly how the world looks at her, but still fights to be accepted by her peers. Acceptance in this case is to be left alone without question." — Craig Fasi, Pollywood - Award Winner imagineNATIVE 2017

WAITING
Writer Samuel Kamu (Pasifika) Director Amberley Jo Aumua (Pasifika/Maori) 2017 12 mins NZ (Unitec)

Two best friends become brothers as they wait for a life-changing phone-call. Winner - Best Short, NZ's Best, NZIFF 2017. TIFF 2017.

POSSUM
Director/Writer Dave Whitehead (Māori) 2017 15 min NZ

Set in New Zealand in the 1970s, Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named Scar. Possum is a short film based on a true story between director Dave Whitehead and his older brother Nathan, based on when they grew up in rural Wairoa. Filmed in Otaki.

 

 

BOY

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL
ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, 2 PM SUNDAY JULY 8

2010 DIR: TAIKA WAITITI (TE WHĀNAU A APANUI)

Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

Maori Film Week Artists

Maori artists participating in Maori Film Week are Charlotte Graham, George Nuku, Johnson Witehira, Kereama Taepa, Matthew Randall, Natasha Keating, Ratu Tibble, Tame Iti and Tracey Tawhiao. These artists works appear in lightboxes, and art exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre and Pa Rongorongo.

International artists participating in Maori Film Week are Asinnajaq, Steven Paul Judd, Ziibiwan and Migiizi. Their biographies are below.

Here are the biographies and works of the feature artists of Maori Film Week.

ASSINAJAQ

“My father was born in a spring igloo—half snow, half skin. I was born in a hospital, with jaundice and two teeth.” Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—12 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light. Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and works of Inuit filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Three Thousand is directed by Asinnajaq, also known as Isabella Weetaluktuk, and produced by Kat Baulu.

BIOGRAPHY (From Inuit Art Foundation)

Asinnajaq was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, and resides in Montreal. She is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Since childhood, Asinnajaq has been immersed in storytelling and the sharing of her cultural heritage. In grade school, alongside her mother, she led a workshop on Inuit culture at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Inspired by her father, celebrated filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk, Asinnajaq began filmmaking and attended NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was able to draw from her previous knowledge of film and push her theoretical and conceptual understanding of the medium.

Recently, Asinnajaq completed the short film Three Thousand (2017), which was put together from thousands of hours of historical footage from the National Film Board of Canada's archive. On working with the archive, Asinnajaq has said:

“Our understanding of the past is always evolving, and the representation of Indigenous Peoples has changed dramatically over the decades. You get these government-sponsored films from the '50s, subtly or not so subtly racist, that promote residential schooling. And then you’ll find recent footage by Inuit filmmakers that presents a completely different perspective. It’s a fantastic resource for an artist”.

For Three Thousand (2017), Asinnajaq selected particular images or sequences of film and worked with animator Patrick Defasten to create original animations and, ultimately, produce a work that reframes the past and creates a vision for the future. The film is currently on display as part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence.

WORKS AT MAORI FILM WEEK

  • "THREE THOUSAND" (short film) is screening at Maori Film Week.
  • Two art works especially created by Asinnajaq are in lightboxes in Bledisloe Lane.
  • A short moving image work appearing in the CineMarae exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.

 

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STEVEN PAUL JUDD

Steven Paul Judd is a mix of Kiowa and Choctaw. Judd’s work is a combination of iconic pop culture references, ubiquitous street styles, and Native themes; a style that has caught the attention of everyone from MTV to Russell Simmons. He received a United States Artists Fellowship in 2016 for media and was recently nominated for an Emmy.

WORKS AT MAORI FILM WEEK

  • "THE GIFT" (short film) is screening at Maori Film Week.
  • Two stills from "THE GIFT" by Steven Paul Judd are in lightboxes in Bledisloe Lane.
  • Moving image works in Pa Rongorongo.
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ZIIBIWAN

Ziibiwan is an emerging Anishinaabe, electronic artist/producer from Toronto, Ontario. They began playing guitar and piano as a younger teenager and their melodic, electronic compositions draw deep inspiration from contemporary R&B, Radiohead, and Björk. Their ethereal, sonic landscape opens into deeply hypnotic spaces where land, sky, and deep sea meet. Ziibiwan’s debut debut 6-track label EP, Time Limits was released in 2016 via RPM Records. They are currently working on their debut LP for RPM Records and a collaborative project with labelmate Exquisite Ghost.

 

Powhiri

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FREYBERG PLACE, AUCKLAND, 10 AM FRIDAY JULY 6

NAU MAI! NAU MAI! HAERE MAI!

Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and seven venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Join us for the official Maori film week 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!

Journey to Zygertron

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6 PM RECEPTION & RED CARPET 7 PM PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY JULY 6, ELLEN MELVILLE HALL

Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and seven venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Join us for a very special night themed on "Maori Futurism" with a live performance of tracks from "Shake Your Skinny Ass All The Way to Zygertron" by Troy Kingi.

 

Kaporangi Kiriata: Pa Rongorongo

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Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and seven venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Kaporangi Kiriata – Natasha Keating, Kereama Taepa and Steven Paul Judd Light Activation is an international art exhibition in light, sound and image.

When: Sat 30 June, 6pm, then nightly until Sun 15 July; art exhibition daily

Where: Pā Rongorongo, Corner Albert and Wellesley St, Auckland

Cost: Free

Kaporangi Kiriata: CineMarae

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Kaporangi Kiriata: CineMarae

June 26 @ 10:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm

Kaporangi Kiriata: CineMarae
Te ao mai ngā whatu Māori – The World Through Māori Eyes
AV Gallery, 26 June – 22 July

Image: Tracey Tawhiao, Poster for Wairoa Māori Film Festival (2014)

CineMarae brings together, for the first time, a collection of artworks inspired by the kaupapa of the long-running Wairoa Māori Film Festival. The collection includes works by Natasha Keating, Tracey Tawhiao, George Nuku, Tame Iti, Charlotte Graham, Ratu Tibble, Miigizi, Assinajaq, Kereama Taepa, Johnson Witehira and Matthew Randall.

For fourteen years, the Wairoa Māori Film Festival has brought together film makers and artists on the East Coast of New Zealand to support Māori film making and Māori art. Alongside the annual presentation of films, many Māori artists have supported the kaupapa of the festival through commissioned and inspired art works. CINEMARAE is the first time these works have been brought together in one exhibition. This collection commemorates an exhibition held at Taumata Gallery, Newton, in 2005 that first launched the Wairoa Māori Film Festival kaupapa in Auckland. It was held under the patronage of Dame Georgina Kirby.

Moving image art works were presented as part of the film festival. Painted and printed art works have become the worldwide imaging (posters, programme and online) for the festival. Commissioned works were also gifted as trophies to award winners each year, and many works have been gifted to guests of the festival in the spirit of manaakitanga.

Curated by Leo Koziol

Listing on TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

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Kaporangi Kiriata: Lightboxes

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Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and five venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. 

Lightboxes:

Bledisloe Lane - Natasha Keating, Asinnajaq

Freyberg Place - Charlotte Grahama, Tame Iti, Tracey Tawhiao, Migiizi, Steven Paul Judd, Kereama Taepa, Johnson Witehira 

Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Maori Comic Con

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MAORI COMIC CON 2018

1 PM to 5 pm SATURDAY JULY 7
PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE

PROGRAMME

1 pm Maori Comic Con Panel 1 (Tane Panel)
Russell Brown with Steven Paul Judd, Troy Kingi & Dan Taipua (invited)

2 pm Maori Futurism Shorts (Part 1)
Steven Paul Judd Retrospective, presented by Steven Paul Judd

3 pm Maori Comic Con Panel 1 (Wahine Panel)
Special guest Maori video game designers and sci-fi writers

4 pm Maori Futurism Shorts (Part 2)
A collection of Maori and Pasfika sci-fi and fantasy short films curated by Leo Koziol for the first ever Maori Comic Con event.

Let Us Dance

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, AUCKLAND, 2 PM FRIDAY JULY 6

LET US DANCE
Jacques Navarro-Rivera 56 min French Polynesia 2018

Two specialized contemporary dancers arrive to Tahiti to manage "Masterclass" of therapy by the dance with the differently abled community..

A young contemporary choreographer living in Tahiti and a young Polynesian dancer follow these 3 weeks of transmission of knowledge.

After the departure of the trainers, they take over and go up a show which mixes contemporary dance and Polynesian dance with dancers and local dancers and especially voluntary disabled people, of whom some people are in wheelchair.

 

United By Water

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UNITED BY WATER
PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, AUCKLAND, 3 PM FRIDAY JULY 6

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.

Mana Wairoa Shorts

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, AUCKLAND, 4 PM FRIDAY JULY 6
AUCKLAND, 12 PM saturDAY JULY 7

A collection of award winning films from the Wairoa Maori Film Festivals – 2017 and 2018. (57 minutes)

NEW TAKEOVER – Stan Walker
Best Video Māori Music Awards 2017
Music Video Stan Walker 2017 4 min NZ Director: Shae Sterling (Māori)

MEKE
Tim Worrall (Maori) 2017 8 min NZ

The arrival of a trainer's daughter into the midst of backstage preparations before an important boxing match threatens to destroy the relationship between fighter and coach. Meke – Best Actor Māori 2018

PUORO Komako-Aroha Silver (Māori) 2017 13min NZ

A story following the journey of Jerome Kavanagh, a young Māori practitioner of taonga puoro (traditional instruments used in sacred, ritual and healing ceremonies) as he revives ancient ancestral practices in our contemporary world. (documentary) Puoro – Best Maori Short Wairoa 2018

NATALIE
Director Qianna Titore (Maori) Producer Eloise Veber
Exec Producer Michael Bennett (Maori) 2017 9 min NZ

A coming of age drama set in the Far North’s Hokianga harbour. On the day that 14-year-old Natalie is given a precious waiata composed by her deceased Koro, she is unexpectedly thrown into a journey that will leave her changed forever. Natalie – Community Award Wairoa 2017

TAMA
Directors Jared Flitcroft (Maori, Deaf) & Jack O’Donnell 2017 9 min NZ

Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between deaf and hearing filmmakers. Tama is about a young Maori deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. On a near fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his family. In his struggle he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man.
Tama - Best Maori Short Wairoa 2017

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Dianna Fuemana 2017 15 min NZ

A teenager and a solo mum prepare to have their own fun on a Sunday. "Tiger knows exactly how the world looks at her, but still fights to be accepted by her peers. Acceptance in this case is to be left alone without question." — Craig Fasi, Pollywood - Award Winner imagineNATIVE 2017

HERE TO STAY General Fiyah feat Three Houses Down Director Samson Rambo 2018
Winner Best Music Video – Pacific Music Awards 2018

Indigenous Futurisms Showcase

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
AUCKLAND, 8 PM FRIDAY JULY 6

A special showcase of indigenous futurism and fantasy works, including a curated collection of shorts presented by the Asinabka Festival of Canada. Guest film makers, artists and musicians / DJs in attendance.

8 pm PART 1: SOUND/TRACKS & FUTURISM SHORTS

WAIORA

Toni Huata 3 min 2017 A new futurism themed music video by Toni Huata screening exclusively at Māori Film Week.

SOUND/TRACKS

Short films from the Sound/Tracks project bringing together indigenous artists, film makers and musicians to make a 4 minute indigenous futurism short film.

Artists and film makers in attendance.

THE GIFT
Steven Paul Judd 2017 8 min USA

After returning home from his grandfather’s funeral, a young Native American boy opens a mysterious gift bequeathed to him by his grandfather.

Artist / film maker in attendance.

THREE THOUSAND
Assinajaq 2017 14 min Canada

Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.

TE AHI KAI PO

2018 Shae Sterling (Māori) NZ 6 min Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

Artist / film maker in attendance.

8.30 PM Intermission - DJ Set by special guest DJ Zibiiwan Rivers

9.30 pm  PART 2: FUTURE NATIONS
INDIGENOUS FUTURISMS SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Length: 35 min

Curated by Asinabka Festival

With some of the most frequent tropes of science fiction, we see the conquest of foreign worlds, or the taming of the “final frontier”. But, what do Indigenous Nation’s from Turtle Island (North America) look like without the interference of colonialism? What stories and imagined futures are Indigenous peoples telling through film and video? In the recent blockbuster film Black Panther, we saw what an African Nation could look like without the interference of colonialism. Among other things, it looked like success, it looked like technological advancement, and it looked like political sovereignty and independence. Similarly, Indigenous futurisms also imagine realities and futures where Indigenous peoples are respected, where dystopian worlds are saved with the help of mythical Indigenous beings, or where the Indian Reserve becomes the site of safety during a zombie apocalypse. Future Nations is a collection of short Sci-Fi films from Turtle Island, which challenge

stereotypes of Indigenous peoples, and that re-imagines what Indigenous futures can look like.

Dirt
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan • 2018 • 1:22 • Canada • English

Dirt is a short animated Album trailer for the Canadian music group Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Dirt is the soundtrack to an imagined unreleased 1987 anime about Pureland, a post-apocalyptic flooded world where they discover an exodus ship called the A’nó:wara, which has the last piece of uncorrupted, arable soil.

Thunderbird Strike
Elizabeth LaPensée • 2017 • 1:30 • USA/Canada

The experimental stop motion animation Thunderbird Strike follows a thunderbird flying from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes, protecting the land and waters against resource exploitation activities.

Wakening
Danis Goulet • 8:50 • 2013 • Canada • English & Cree

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

Hoverboard
Sydney Freeland • 2013 • 6:14 • USA • English

A short fiction film about an imaginative young girl and her teddy bear on a quest to travel in time after watching ""Back to the Future Part II.""

Star Wars - Trash Compactor Scene
Zoe Leigh Hopkins and Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa • 2014 • 3:13 • Mohawk

The winning entry to #TIFFStarWars, a contest put on by the Toronto International Film Festival, where participants were to re-create the “trash compactor scene” from the original Star Wars film in their own Indigenous language. This was in celebration of National Aboriginal Day, 2014. This entry was produced by students and graduates of the Mohawk language immersion program for adults at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa, in Six Nations, Ontario.

The 6th World
Nanobah Becker • 2012 • 15 minutes • USA • English

Navajo Astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. But a mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.

 

Indigenous Worlds

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Helen Clark Room, Ellen Melville Centre
Saturday July 7 & Sunday July 8 10 am to 4 pm Indigenous Worlds
A continuous programme of indigenous documentaries and experimental works.

10 AM TO 11 PM

HONEY AND OLD CHEESE Yassine El Idrissi 25 min Morroco Arabic 2017
Hassan (17) prepares to leave his mountain village in Morocco. He is going to his father in the Netherlands. But how do you leave your home, and what do you take with you?  Hassan has got himself a visa. He is preparing to leave the mountain village Tizi N’oucheg behind and join his father in the Netherlands. Everyone in the village knows he'll soon be a foreigner. In a moving and occasionally comic portrait, Hassan says farewell to his friends, the land and its traditions.                  

LAST NOMADS OF EVEREST
Nischal Poudyal 28 min Nepal 2017
Last Nomads of Everest is a documentary exploring the wilderness of the snowy Himalayas. Covered in the snow is the Nurkum village that lies around Everest region at the height of 4000 m above sea level. This documentary tells the story of the last Sherpa family holding the traditional Sherpa profession of Mountain cow husbandry in the most extreme weather condition. Aesthetically presented, this documentary tries to show the redemption and pain while holding the old way of tradition in the backdrop of modernist way of life. The poignant and spiritual glimpses of the Sherpa village, the people, the amazing costumes and their religious ceremonies are the glares of this cinematic treat.

11 PM TO 12 PM

TAPUN SA WIN
Sandra Pratt 14 min USA 2017
This is the traditional Dakota legend of beautiful Tapun Sa Win, a human Dakota woman who married Star Man of the Sky People.

JUST ONE WORD
12 min Canada Jani Lauzon 2017
Just One Word – Synopsis  Kim Morin is a successful Metis lawyer surrounded by luxury, security and Contemporary Native Art. Inner peace? Not so much. Kim needs things to be perfect. She wants the wrongs in her community and her family to be right.

FROM THE EDGE OF SANITY
Milana Majar 26 min Syria/Bosnia and Herzegovina 2017
The documentary "From the Edge of Sanity" is interwoven with the destiny of a Christian family from Syria. At the peak of the war two sons and a daughter of Younes Ayoub and Helen Alashehab leave the war-torn fatherland. Fear of terrorists and a desire to preserve the family together forced the 65-year-old Helen to go after their children. The family sold most of the property to pay smugglers to take them to Europe.The hero of the film, seventy years old Younes Ayoub, remains in Damascus...

12 PM TO 1 PM

LISTEN
Min Min Hein 13 min Myanmar 2017
"Listen" is a documentary portrait of revolutionary artist Chaw Ei Then. Exiled from her homeland of Myanmar, she uses visually striking and emotionally unsettling performance art and artwork as a means of dissent, both to express her political views and to give voice to her victimized experience and inner struggles.

LITTLE AINU GIRL
Sugihara Tune 20 min Japan/China 2017
The travelogue of a little Ainu girl, Ruino, who goes to Taiwan to eat, sing, dance, and meet the indigenous people there.

HINOWU: HAND GAMES 6 min USA Danny De Leon 2017
During a hand game tournament in Northern California, Danny de Leon interviewed tribal members about the importance of the hand games.

THE BOY FROM TOKSOOK BAY
10 min Danny De Leon 2017 USA
Interview with Byron Nicholai, a native Alaskan Yup'ik Singer, who has traveled the United States singing his traditional songs. He has performed for former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.

CRY WOLF
Dianne Ouellette 2 min Canada 20017
Cry Wolf  When I was five I lived on a farm and I had a beautiful dog. 

Y DOSBARTH MELYN - THE YELLOW CLASSROOM
Dafydd Sills-Jones 2017 Wales UK 10 min
This film offers a glimpse inside 'the yellow classroom' - the name widely given to classrooms for 5-7 year olds in Wales - at a bilingual primary school on the West Wales coast. The children cross several boundary-lines countless times each day; between learning and playing, between Welsh and English languages, between the human and natural worlds. We watch them on a typical day, as they begin to find their place in the world.

1 PM TO 2PM

THE WAY OF THE ESCAPED
Mattei Tom 20 min France 2016
In Corsica, in the ruins of Bitalza, Marcu, Battistu and Arcangelu spend their days under the mountain. One night they meet a stranger, a ukrainian man. A strange climatological phenomenon then appears.

MARA AND KAJA, DOLINA, SAVA RIVER 15min Croatia 2017
Documentary short film about Mara and Kaja who live in the valley of the Sava River. They are two sisters aged 80, who live alone, have no children. They do not have any electricity, telephone, television, radio or cell phones. Nothing they do not need, they say. They do not know who the president, or prime minister, or cares. They are asylum simple beauty of life, in this asylum of today's world that would make everyone else that we can. We do not have everything we want, but if you look around you will see that we have everything we need. Peace and tranquility, how to achieve it? Simplicity. To show how the wealth and excess led us to a position of dependence and restlessness, depression and anxiety states. We forgot the little things in life, spiritual feelings, love, time spent in the family. The desire for more, better, stronger overran us all. What today means a normal man, the term is lost, we only have large and small people. The film shows the possibility of a simple life without technology, some would say it is poverty. Is that right?

SOVEREIGN'S WATER 16min USA Verel Moon 2017
In 2002 over 70,000 adult Salmon died at the mouth of the Klamath due to low flows and high water temperatures. In the summer of 2014 the conditions were exactly the same and the tribes took an active position in getting water released from the dams.

2 PM TO 3 PM

K'INA KIL : THE SLAVER'S SON 19 min USA Jack Kohler 2017
Through a lens focused on the Native experience, K'ina kil is the story of Tintah, a young Native man, as he searches for purpose and peace in California's raucous, brutal Gold Rush.  Near the minefields, Indian girls are kidnapped, for sex, and those natives who refuse to bend the will of the white men are hunted for profit.  This charter-driven story tells of our country's fortune and shame during California's painful beginnings.

GWALA RISING
Whitney Anderson 13 min USA 2016
Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands depicts the revitalization of traditional conservation practices in the islands of Papua New Guinea. The community of Anagusa Island is combating the effects of climate change and protecting the coral reefs they rely on using gwala: the traditional practice of setting aside a reef or forest area to allow the ecosystem to recover. Gwala is helping the community of Anagusa Island prosper - empowering men and women with improved access to food and livelihoods.

NOA AND NOEL
Chris Wong (Anishinaabe), Candy Ranae Fox, Howard Adler 15 min 2017 New Zealand English, Cree & Māori w/ Eng. Subs
A Beautiful conversation and exchange between a Cree Elder, Noel Starblanket, and a Māori 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.

STRONGFALA KULCHA / 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.

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.

3 PM ENCORE SCREENING: THE DAY’S FAVOURITE FILMS

Imagined Worlds

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Eleitina (Paddy) Walker Room & Marilyn Waring Room, Ellen Melville Centre
Saturday July 7 & Sunday July 8 10 am to 4 pm Imagined Worlds
A continuous programme of documentaries and experimental works themed on indigenous futurism.

420 IN MAHIA Kahu Kuranui (Māori) 2018 4 min NZ

Take a trippy trip to Zygertron, as Troy Kingi’s beats awaken a world of Māori space age moonlight daydreaming.

ASTRO BLACK DESTINATION PLANET ROCK Soda_Jerk 2008 5 min Australia

The three future originators of hip-hop – DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash – are abducted and transported across the galaxy to Planet Rock where they are schooled in the alien language of turntablism. (photo, below)

ASTRO BLACK RACE FOR SPACE Soda_Jerk 2010 6 min Australia

Race for Space gives life to Sun Ra's claim to have been abducted by aliens who schooled him in the radical potential of music. While working as a piano man in Chicago in 1943, Sun Ra is contacted by Morpheus who offers him a choice of two destinies.

ASTRO BLACK WE ARE THE ROBOTS Soda_Jerk 2010 6 min Australia

We are the Robots re-imagines the iconic scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) where scientists use a synthesizer keyboard to communicate with an alien mothership.

ASTRO BLACK ARMAGEDDON IN EFFECT Soda_Jerk 2008 6 min Australia

Armageddon in Effect begins with the discovery of an ancient stone crosshairs at an archeological site in Egypt. Sixty years later a giant alien mothership emerges from a menacing cloud over New York City, hijacking President Ronald Reagan's TV statement in order to transmit a pirate broadcast from Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Sun Ra.

AGOPHOBIA Benjamin Ross Hayden 2013 24 min Canada

A time beyond humanity within a digital world.  Agophobia is a new fear of the distant human past in a future where technology has manifested alL life. The Ram encounters fantastical beings, engaging to defy his place and escape.

RAGNAROK Agne Agodeme 2017 8 min Lithuania

The storm is coming. The Eagle is captured by the spirit of the doom. A bullet is fired to the eagle’s fatal battle.

HUIA BOY 7 Fires Collective 2017 7 min Canada/NZ

A transformative love story, reflecting the desire for the return of the sacred Huia bird, an extinct species in New Zealand. Made as part of 7 Fires (See HARD OUT).

HARD OUT Howard Adler, Jessie Short, Candy Renae Fox 2017 3 min Canada/NZ

A man wakes up lost and confused on the beach, and it’s a mystery of how and why he got there. This film was made as a part of an International Two-Spirit, Takatāpui, Indigenous GLBTQ+ filmmaking initiative called 7 Fires. It was collaboration between the Mispon Film Festival (Regina), Wairoa Māori Film Festival (Nuhaka, New Zealand), and the Asinabka Film Festival (Ottawa).

NAME THAT FOREST MOVIE Jenny Fraser 2018 15 min

A social critique of Australia social mores.

Not Just Another Mountain

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ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, PIONEER WOMENS HALL
AUCKLAND 10 AM SATURDAY JULY 7

NOT JUST ANOTHER MOUNTAIN
Chris Davis 2017 31 Min New Zealand

Auckland's One Tree Hill is a much-loved local icon, known to many internationally through the U2 song. The silhouetted image of a single tree on the volcanic summit is burned into the mind of many New Zealanders - so when that tree was cut down by a Maori activist, it provoked a strong emotional response from many.

An act of poetic justice, the protest mirrored a much earlier attack on a sacred tree by British settlers - a point which was largely lost at the time. Some years later, following the recent replanting of the summit, film-maker Chris Davis visits the mountain, asking park-goers what they make of the incident now. Along the way, we discover why this place is so revered by Maori and non-Maori alike.

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.

Ma'ohi Nui

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MA’OHI NUI: IN THE HEART OF THE OCEAN MY COUNTRY LIES
academy cinema, 12 pm SATURDAY july 7

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Inuit Programme: Nipivut Our Voice

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ACADEMY CINEMA
AUCKLAND 2 PM SATURDAY JULY 7

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A collection of short films that showcase the range of Inuk storytelling, curated by Assinajaq. (Film maker in attendance)

QULLIQ- ARNAIT COLLECTIVE - 10 mins

AVILIAQ: ENTWINED - Alethea Arnaquq-Baril - 15 mins
In the 1950s, two Inuit women attempt to protect their relationship when pressure from their new colonial culture forces them to marry men.

THREE THOUSAND Assinajaq 2017 14 min CanadArtist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light. Artist / film maker in attendance.

NOWHERE LAND - Bonnie Ammaq  - 15 mins
This short documentary serves as a quiet elegy for way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly. When Bonnie was a little girl, her parents packed up their essentials, bundled her and her younger brother onto a long, fur-lined sled and left the government-manufactured community of Igloolik to live off the land as had generations of Inuit before them.

KABLUNAT - Glenn Gear - 11 mins
Based on an Inuit legend from Labrador, “Kablunat” explores the complex and intersecting histories of early Inuit and Settler life on the coast. Employing archival images, animation, collage, and time-lapse video, the retelling of this origin story unfolds in a poetic space between past and present, myth and lived experience

INUKSHOP - Jobie Weetaluktuk - 2 mins
This short-length film is part of the Digital Nation Project, a selection of film shorts produced by APTN in collaboration with the National Film Board for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Out of State

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OUT OF STATE
ACADEMY CINEMA AUCKLAND 4 PM SATURDAY JULY 7

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.