Maori Pasifika Films @ Asinabka


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.


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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.