7 pm sunday june 4, morere school hall, morere

kiriata ngahere: bush cinema

Our festival closes with our annual wrap party at Morere Hot Springs, bush cinema presented in the historic Morere School Hall. A collection of avante-garde short films from the minds of native creators around the world.


Pepene - Faafaite

A music video from Tahiti. (7 min)


Director Destiny Momoisea (Pasifika) 2017 13 min NZ

Life in the 1970s was a time of constant fear for Pasifika people facing the threat of dawn raids.


Writer/Director Sinead Lau Producer Julian Arahanga (Māori) 2017 10 min NZ

When an OCD still-life painter and his violinist roommate receive an eviction letter from their landlord, they are forced to find a third roommate.


Director Manu Bonnefin (Tahiti) 2017 6 min Tahiti

It is the story of a boy who sees itself as a girl. A difference which will be accepted badly. He will hate his sex for the benefit of his internal feeling. A drama on the study of the acceptance of difference."Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" (Oscar Wilde)


Director Jessie Short (Métis) 2016 7 min Canada

A young Métis woman reconnects with her Indigenous ancestry and begins a journey of self-discovery when she learns about sweet grass from her non-Native friend.


Director Desmond Hassing 2 min 2016 USA

Short Video Art piece which challenges traditional representations of Indigenous people as being trapped in the past.


Director Howard Adler (Anishinaabe) 2017 5 min Canada

In the Native community, "snagging" is slang for picking up, or hooking up, with that special person you've had your eye on.




Director Evelyn Jane Ross 2 min 2017 USA

In the beginning of them She created us.


Directors Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson 2017 11 min USA

A brave young transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way.


Director Alex Zahara 2014 10 min Canada

A Native woman confronts her cousin, who has been spreading rumours that she isn't Native.

A Red Girl’s Reasoning

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers • 2012 • 10:00 • Canada

After the justice system fails the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who've suffered the same fate.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. She is a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy) as well as Sámi from Norway. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in First Nations Studies and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also an alumni of Vancouver Film School’s Full-time Acting Program.


Director/Writer Alex Backhouse 2016 12 min NZ

Deep in the suburbs, an isolated man abandons his dream of alien contact and finds new meaning in the emptiness of his house. Starring Tainui Tukiwaho.


Matasila Freshwater 2016 6 min NZ

In a dystopic New Zealand future, the struggle for food and resources inspires a peculiar scientist, to venture into the night and procure a new food source…