SPECIAL EVENT

BOY

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL
ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, 2 PM SUNDAY JULY 8

2010 DIR: TAIKA WAITITI (TE WHĀNAU A APANUI)

Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

Powhiri

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FREYBERG PLACE, AUCKLAND, 10 AM FRIDAY JULY 6

NAU MAI! NAU MAI! HAERE MAI!

Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and seven venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Join us for the official Maori film week powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), welcoming film makers from across Aotearoa and around the world. Our registration desk is also open right after the powhiri. Then settle in for a weekend of great films!

Journey to Zygertron

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6 PM RECEPTION & RED CARPET 7 PM PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY JULY 6, ELLEN MELVILLE HALL

Wairoa Māori Film Festival presents He Wiki Kiriata Māori – Māori Film Week, a celebration of Māori and indigenous cinema and multimedia in central Auckland. This year the theme is Māori Futurism, spread across nine days and seven venues, with over 50 short films, feature dramas and documentaries. He Wiki Kiriata Māori presents a feast of futuristic and fantastic Māori and indigenous art and culture, including Lightbox Art Exhibitions in Freyberg Place and Bledisloe Lane. Kindly supported by Auckland Council.

Join us for a very special night themed on "Maori Futurism" with a live performance of tracks from "Shake Your Skinny Ass All The Way to Zygertron" by Troy Kingi.

 

Maori Comic Con

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MAORI COMIC CON 2018

1 PM to 5 pm SATURDAY JULY 7
PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE

PROGRAMME

1 pm Maori Comic Con Panel 1 (Tane Panel)
Russell Brown with Steven Paul Judd, Troy Kingi & Dan Taipua (invited)

2 pm Maori Futurism Shorts (Part 1)
Steven Paul Judd Retrospective, presented by Steven Paul Judd

3 pm Maori Comic Con Panel 1 (Wahine Panel)
Special guest Maori video game designers and sci-fi writers

4 pm Maori Futurism Shorts (Part 2)
A collection of Maori and Pasfika sci-fi and fantasy short films curated by Leo Koziol for the first ever Maori Comic Con event.

Indigenous Futurisms Showcase

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
AUCKLAND, 8 PM FRIDAY JULY 6

A special showcase of indigenous futurism and fantasy works, including a curated collection of shorts presented by the Asinabka Festival of Canada. Guest film makers, artists and musicians / DJs in attendance.

8 pm PART 1: SOUND/TRACKS & FUTURISM SHORTS

WAIORA

Toni Huata 3 min 2017 A new futurism themed music video by Toni Huata screening exclusively at Māori Film Week.

SOUND/TRACKS

Short films from the Sound/Tracks project bringing together indigenous artists, film makers and musicians to make a 4 minute indigenous futurism short film.

Artists and film makers in attendance.

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.

Artist / film maker in attendance.

THREE THOUSAND
Assinajaq 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.

TE AHI KAI PO

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

Artist / film maker in attendance.

8.30 PM Intermission - DJ Set by special guest DJ Zibiiwan Rivers

9.30 pm  PART 2: FUTURE NATIONS
INDIGENOUS FUTURISMS SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Length: 35 min

Curated by Asinabka Festival

With some of the most frequent tropes of science fiction, we see the conquest of foreign worlds, or the taming of the “final frontier”. But, what do Indigenous Nation’s from Turtle Island (North America) look like without the interference of colonialism? What stories and imagined futures are Indigenous peoples telling through film and video? In the recent blockbuster film Black Panther, we saw what an African Nation could look like without the interference of colonialism. Among other things, it looked like success, it looked like technological advancement, and it looked like political sovereignty and independence. Similarly, Indigenous futurisms also imagine realities and futures where Indigenous peoples are respected, where dystopian worlds are saved with the help of mythical Indigenous beings, or where the Indian Reserve becomes the site of safety during a zombie apocalypse. Future Nations is a collection of short Sci-Fi films from Turtle Island, which challenge

stereotypes of Indigenous peoples, and that re-imagines what Indigenous futures can look like.

Dirt
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan • 2018 • 1:22 • Canada • English

Dirt is a short animated Album trailer for the Canadian music group Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Dirt is the soundtrack to an imagined unreleased 1987 anime about Pureland, a post-apocalyptic flooded world where they discover an exodus ship called the A’nó:wara, which has the last piece of uncorrupted, arable soil.

Thunderbird Strike
Elizabeth LaPensée • 2017 • 1:30 • USA/Canada

The experimental stop motion animation Thunderbird Strike follows a thunderbird flying from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes, protecting the land and waters against resource exploitation activities.

Wakening
Danis Goulet • 8:50 • 2013 • Canada • English & Cree

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

Hoverboard
Sydney Freeland • 2013 • 6:14 • USA • English

A short fiction film about an imaginative young girl and her teddy bear on a quest to travel in time after watching ""Back to the Future Part II.""

Star Wars - Trash Compactor Scene
Zoe Leigh Hopkins and Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa • 2014 • 3:13 • Mohawk

The winning entry to #TIFFStarWars, a contest put on by the Toronto International Film Festival, where participants were to re-create the “trash compactor scene” from the original Star Wars film in their own Indigenous language. This was in celebration of National Aboriginal Day, 2014. This entry was produced by students and graduates of the Mohawk language immersion program for adults at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa, in Six Nations, Ontario.

The 6th World
Nanobah Becker • 2012 • 15 minutes • USA • English

Navajo Astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. But a mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.

 

Inuit Programme: Nipivut Our Voice

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ACADEMY CINEMA
AUCKLAND 2 PM SATURDAY JULY 7

BUY TICKETS NOW

A collection of short films that showcase the range of Inuk storytelling, curated by Assinajaq. (Film maker in attendance)

QULLIQ- ARNAIT COLLECTIVE - 10 mins

AVILIAQ: ENTWINED - Alethea Arnaquq-Baril - 15 mins
In the 1950s, two Inuit women attempt to protect their relationship when pressure from their new colonial culture forces them to marry men.

THREE THOUSAND Assinajaq 2017 14 min CanadArtist 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. Artist / film maker in attendance.

NOWHERE LAND - Bonnie Ammaq  - 15 mins
This short documentary serves as a quiet elegy for way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly. When Bonnie was a little girl, her parents packed up their essentials, bundled her and her younger brother onto a long, fur-lined sled and left the government-manufactured community of Igloolik to live off the land as had generations of Inuit before them.

KABLUNAT - Glenn Gear - 11 mins
Based on an Inuit legend from Labrador, “Kablunat” explores the complex and intersecting histories of early Inuit and Settler life on the coast. Employing archival images, animation, collage, and time-lapse video, the retelling of this origin story unfolds in a poetic space between past and present, myth and lived experience

INUKSHOP - Jobie Weetaluktuk - 2 mins
This short-length film is part of the Digital Nation Project, a selection of film shorts produced by APTN in collaboration with the National Film Board for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Broken Barrier

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ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, PIONEER WOMEN HALL
AUCKLAND SUNDAY JULY 8 12 PM

JOHN O SHEA, 1952, 69 min NZ Featurew

Tom, a cynical freelance journalist, meets a Maori family who offer him a job on their farm, where he falls in love with their daughter, Rawi.Her parents oppose the relationship, and he starts to discover the differences in the two cultures.

Broken Barrier is the romantic story of Tom Sullivan, a young journalist, and Rawi, the Maori girl he meets and falls in love with. While writing a series of articles on Maori life in the rugged North Island country of New Zealand, Tom is befriended by Rawi's family. The two fall swiftly in love, but her family disapproves of her marrying a white man. Finally, a quarrel reslults and Rawi returns to the dity to continue her career as a nurse. Their romance resumes when Tom follows her there; however, his family and friends raise a barrier against her. This. plus his unflatteing articles about the Maoris, once again thrust them apart.

Tom goes off to the timber country, and in a stirring climax is saved from a raging forest fire by the sacrifice of a Maori friend. hes is reconciled with Rawi and in their marriage is seen the hope of better understanding between the races.

"Broken Barrier marked the first New Zealand dramatic feature to be made since 1940. Its production saw directors John O'Shea and Roger Mirams crowding into a Vauxhall with two silent cameras, one picked up "from a dead German in the Western Desert". Ditching dialogue for 'spoken thoughts', the pioneering film examines cultural complications in a romance between a Pākehā journalist (Terence Bayler) and a Māori nurse (Kay Ngarimu, aka Keita Whakato Walker). According to O'Shea, some viewers considered it "a dirty movie" for spurring mixed race relationships." -NZ On Screen

 

Key Cast & Crew

Whakapapa Film Festival of Italy

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Whakapapa Film Festival of
Irsina & Matera, Italy

Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8

With very  special guest Renae Maihi

PROGRAMME

THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE: SHORTS

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

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

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.

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

FOOTSTEPS
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

TOHUNGA
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

AHI KA
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

TAUA
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.

RENAE MAIHI RETROSPECTIVE: SHORTS

A collection of short films made by Renae Maihi.

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

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

BUTTERFLY
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."

REDEMPTION
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.