Te Makutu Shorts



A collection of darker themed films – suspense, horror, fantasy and sci-fi themed Maori and indigenous short films, including:

Music video Rob Ruha feat Tiki Taane 2017 3 min Director: Shae Sterling (Maori)

Mattias Graham 2017 15 min Canada

A Cree family in 1970s Saskatchewan must ask an old Farmer for help when their car runs out of gas while moving to the city. Long synopsis: Gas Can is a narrative short film (15min) about the cycles of privilege and racism on the prairies. The film follows the story of Anthem, a Cree man moving to the city with his family. Along the way, they run out of gas and Anthem asks an old friend -- the Farmer -- for help. The Farmer agrees, but not unconditionally, and he turns his back on them when they need it most. Anthem and his family are left with no choice but to take back what was promised, and when the Farmer sets off after them in a rage he’s left stuck when his own truck runs out of gas.

Jules F. Chin Greene (Māori) 2018 6 min Czech Republic

In a world where multiracial, indigenous children are placed in settlement camps, a young woman escapes one night and encounters a mysterious flickering light. A re-telling of the Biblical story of Moses and the Burning Bush, The Hammer and the Lamb examines the psychology of self-sacrifice for women of color.

Kent Monkman • 16 min. • Canada • 2005 • English

Against the terrifying backdrop of a biological apocalypse, a Native teenager makes a perilous journey to the city for food, and to rescue his secret boyfriend, a drag queen named Tonya. LGBT Themes.

MUD (Hashtł’ishnii) Shaandiin Tome 2017 10 min USA

A women’s craving for a connection with her son, which is hindered by alcoholism.

RONNIE BODEAN Steven Paul Judd 2015 13 min USA

Ronnie BoDean (film star Wes Studi) is the ultimate anti-hero – hungover, streetwise and badass, with a hustler’s heart of gold. When Ronnie faces his greatest challenge yet, babysitting his jailed neighbour’s precocious kid, the results are both hilarious and life-affirming.

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.