DOCUMENTARY

Let Us Dance

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let us dance
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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Seven Rivers Walking

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SEVEN RIVERS WALKING
PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
SUNDAY JULY 8, 10 AM, AUCKLAND

SEVEN RIVERS WALKING - HAERE MĀRIRE
Gaylene Barnes, Kathleen Gallagher 2017 84 min NZ

With walkers, rafters, farmers and fishing folk, we journey the alpine to spring rivers of Canterbury. This lyrical documentary from New Zealand is an intimate portrait of the struggles around water – globally the most precious resource of our time.