KIRIATA WHANAU

3 pm sunday june 4, gaiety theatre, wairoa

KIRIATA WHANAU: family FRIENDLY SHORTS (82 min)

MOHAKA

2017 3 min NZ
The latest music video from Toni Huata tells a story of her home village of Mohaka.

POSSUM

Director/Writer Dave Whitehead (Māori) 2017 15 min NZ

Set in New Zealand in the 1970s, Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named Scar. Possum is a short film based on a true story between director Dave Whitehead and his older brother Nathan, based on when they grew up in rural Wairoa.

POI THE HEARTBEAT OF A NATION

Directors Lanita Ririnui-Ryan & Amomai Pihama 2017 22 min (Partial) NZ

As a timeless indigenous instrument of Aotearoa, it has an artistic beat that enamors the world. At first sight, the poi can be simply described as a ball on the end of a string. For Māori, it is the heartbeat of a nation and an extension of themselves.

MY HAGGAN DREAM

Directors Rob Sams & Laura Sams 2017 8 mins USA/Guam

On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home.

DATE NIGHT

Director Amanda Phillips Writer/Producer Kahurangi Carter (Māori) 2017 13 min NZ

A colourful New Zealand comedy/drama short film that captures a day in the life of Lily(Carter), a beautiful and caring Maori solo mum and her two high voltage children Tahi and Pipi. Lilly wants nothing more than to go on her date night but life gets in the way.

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.

WAITING

Writer Samuel Kamu (Pasifika) Director Amberley Jo Aumua 2017 12 mins NZ (Unitec)

Two best friends become brothers as they wait for a life-changing phone-call.