SHORT FILMS

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 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

Te Makutu Shorts

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ACADEMY CINEMA, AUCKLAND 8 PM SATURDAY JULY 7 (R18)

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

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

GAS CAN
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.

THE HAMMER AND THE LAMB
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.

FUTURE NATIONS
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.

Kia Ora Shorts

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Join us for Kia Ora Shorts, a collection of new contemporary Māori short dramatic films and documentaries, curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival.

Suitable for: Ages 18+

When: Thu 12 July & Fri 13, 7:30pm–9pm

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson

Cost: $8

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

THE TUHOE COLOUR
Director Sebastian Vidal Bustamante 2016 11 min NZ

The Tuhoe Colour showcases Tame Wairere Iti – the New Zealand artist and the creative space he created in Taneatua at the centre of the Tuhoe heartland.

MARATHON
Director Sebastian Vidal Bustamante 2017 19 min NZ

Marathon is an uplifting drama focused on music teacher Philip, who battles neurosis and an existential crisis to find healing through running.

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

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.

Matariki Shorts

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This short film presentation also includes a rooftop telescope viewing of the Matariki night sky, running in conjunction with the opening night of the Lopdell Precinct Film Festival.

TE AHI KAI PO
2018 Shae Sterling (Maori) NZ 6 min
Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK
Vilsoni Hereniko (Pasifika) • Producer Jeannette Hereniko • 2017 • 4 mins • USA

A visual treat of the world's tallest mountain on earth where telescopes reach out to starry skies, this visual poem accompanied by stunning images and ethereal music alludes also to human relationships where sacred and secular values collide and search for meaning. Cinematographer Paul Atkins (Master and Commander).

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.

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. With special guest Steven Paul Judd from Oklahoma.

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

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.

THREE THOUSAND
Asinnajaq 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. With special guest Asinnajaq.

Suitable for: Ages 18+

When: Wed 4 July, from 6.30pm
Telescope viewing: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Film begins: 8pm

Where: Lopdell Precinct, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi 

Cost: $10

 

Women of Waru

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Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival and Waru producer Kerry Warkia have curated a special collection of eight short films made by the women who directed Waru. Waru is a landmark internationally acclaimed film proudly directed by eight Māori women.

This year we mark the 125th year of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Join us for this celebration of Māori women in film. The programme includes films such as Butterfly (Director Renae Maihi), This Is Her (Director Katie Wolfe), Mokopuna (Director Ainsley Gardiner) and Nine of Hearts (Director Briar Grace-Smith).

The films will be screened in the AV Gallery, free with gallery entry. Limited seats. This event is part of the Matariki Festival.

Schedule:
Sunday 1 July 3pm
Sunday 8 July 1pm (Part 1), 3pm (Part 2)
Sunday 15 July 1pm (Part 1), 3pm (Part 2)