Whakapapa Film Festival of Italy


Whakapapa Film Festival of
Irsina & Matera, Italy

Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8

With very  special guest Renae Maihi



A collection of Maori/Pasifika themed short films with limited dialogue, interpretable by many languages, cultures and peoples.

Director Shae Sterling 2015 NZ 5 mins
A stunning music video featuring Maisey Rika.

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.

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

Lennie Hill 2014 Cook Islands / New Zealand 14 minutes
"A father’s sacrifice, a young boy’s promise. The colours and hues of a Pacific Island shine through in this fable of fatherly love." — Leo Koziol

Rebecca Collins NZ 2013 8 minutes
When a young boy falls ill, a family turns to a tohunga for help. Unknowingly, a young girl bears witness to a world never meant for her. "Meditative moments of painterly imagery disguise a serious message." — Leo Koziol

Richard Curtis 2014 NZ 15 minutes
Left alone with just her spiritual guides, a young girl upholds the prestige of the tribe in order to protect the land for generations to come. Due to her brave deeds she is immortalised. "A meditative exploration of kaitiakitanga (protectiveness); as the people protect the land, so the land – and the birds upon it – are kaitiaki of the people." — Leo Koziol

Tearepa Kahi 2007 NZ 14 minutes

A party of returning raiders hauls a massive waka taua (war canoe) through dense Waitakere bush, driven by their brutally insistent chief towards safety. Two water-boys are crouched in the bow. One of them risks a bold act of compassion — towards the trophy prisoner tied to the stern. The impressively-produced portage has echoes of Werner Herzog movie Fitzcarraldo, but the story is palpably Māori. Directed by Tearepa Kahi, Taua won Best Short at National Geographic’s 2007 All Roads festival, and was selected for the Berlin, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand festivals.


A collection of short films made by Renae Maihi.

Director/Writer Renae Maihi (Māori) 2016 15 min NZ/USA

In the city that never sleeps wanders a ghost that cannot rest. ImagineNative 2016

NZ 2013. Director: Renae Maihi (Ngapuhi (Ngati Whakaeke), Te Arawa (Ngati Whakaue)) Producers: Sandra Richmond, Renae Maihi With: Jahna Batt, Aroha Hathaway. 15 mins
"Sometimes memories never fade, they just fly away for a time waiting for the right moment to return. A woman reflects on the tough emotional journey she went through as a teen."

Director Katie Wolfe, Writers Tim Balme, Renae Maihi, Katie Wolfe 2010 17 min

Redemption is the dark and tender story of two Maori teenagers trying to find their way through personal hells.