Maori Film Week Gala - Celebrating Hawai’i
With Feature Film THE HAUMANA
ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, AUCKLAND CENTRAL,
7 PM FRIDAY 28 JUNE
Join us for the opening night celebration of Maori Film Week. The evening commences with a special screening of Native In Nuhaka, which tells the story of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and its special relationship with the people of Hawaii. Then hula and haka performances commence, with Hawaiian Kai served, followed by a night of Hawaiian movies! Join us! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!
Kanaka Maoli Hawai’i Films
Feature presentation: THE HAUMANA by Keo Woolford, and short films Kaumakaiwa (Bradley Tangonan), Hae Hawai’i (Ty Sanga) and Native in Nuhaka (Hiona Henare).
Also screening on the evening will be the following audio-visual art works: Kowhai – Aydriannah Tuialii, From the Back of the Canoe to the Front of the Canoe, Jeremy Leatinu’u, and Apparatus by Tanu Gago.
When: Fri 28 June, 7:00pm
Ellen Melville Centre,
2 Freyberg Pl, CBD
Cost: $20 per person
Director Bradley Tangonan, Producer Darrin Kaneshiro, 3 minutes, United States, Documentary, Short
Kumu Hula Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole demonstrates how hula and oli, or chanting, connects her to the land and the spirits therein. Cast: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole
Director Ty Sanga, Writer Oliver Evangalista, Producer Caleb Lucero, Greg Doi, Ty Sanga, 17 minutes, United States, Short
In 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy is illegally overthrown. A group of elites secretly enlist a young man to steal the Hawaiian flag on Annexation Day. Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Kekoa Kekumano, Moses Goods
Director Keo Woolford, 95 minutes 2013 Hawaii/United States, Feature Drama
Jonny Kealoha is the charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian lū`au show. To everyone's surprise, including his own, he is appointed as the successor to a high school boy's hula class when his former Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) passes away. He becomes as much a student as a teacher through the demands of leading the boys to a significant cultural event and rediscovers the sanctity of the culture he had previously abandoned.
Starring Tui Asau, Tauarii Nahalea-Marama, JD Tanuvasa, Cedric Jonathan, Christopher Latronic, Saitia Faaifo, Buddy Martin, Uluwehiikawekiuokalani Keaunui, Mary Pa`alani, Marlene Sai, and Kelly Hu as "Linda."
With choreography by Robert Cazimero, Lanakila Casupang, Maelia Loebenstein-Carter.
Winner of the Audience Award and Best First Feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2013) and Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival (2013).
MAI I TE KEI O TE WAKA KI TE IHU O TE WAKA
FROM THE BACK OF THE CANOE TO THE FRONT OF THE CANOE
Director Jeremy Leatinuu, Writer Jeremy Leatinuu, 8 minutes, New Zealand
With a title meaning “from the back of the canoe to the front of the canoe,” this work raises questions of narration and translation by recounting two interconnected stories in a voiceover performed by the artist with quiet intensity. Both tell of trajectories of migration and settlement that predate the arrival of Europeans in Aotearoa, of crossing sea and land in search of a different future, carrying the accumulated practices of the past to new horizons. Language: English, Māori.
Aydriannah Tuiali’i, 1 min, NZ 2019
Kōwhai (2017) visualises the cyclic notion and continuation of life, connecting processes of nurture and growth to my own experiences learning about Whakapapa through Te Reo Maori. Kōwhai (2017) emerged from an exploration of the relationship – whakawhanaungatanga - between moving image, kapa haka and waiata, exemplifying the creation of Te Ao Māori – from nothing to something – passed down through generations via ngā momo kōrero or oral storytelling.
Director Tanu Gago, 19 minutes, NZ 2019
APPARATUS is a series of moving image portraits concerned with the presentation of heteronormative masculine identities, this work seeks to provide a counter narrative to the media portrayal of Indigenous masculinity as fixed, binary and subordinate to dominant western notions
NATIVE IN NUHAKA
Director Hiona Henare 15 minutes NZ 2019
A short doco exploring the Māori passion for cinema against the backdrop of the annual Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Beautiful and undeniably real, Native in Nuhaka encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice. — Craig Fasi, Pollywood