LAND OF ROCK AND GOLD

4 pm sunday june 4, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

THE LAND OF ROCK AND GOLD

Directors/Writers Daniel Redenbach, Janine Windolph 2016 91 mins Canada

In a remote woodland community, a young Cree mother and her 7-year-old son find themselves on the run in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend.

BUSH CINEMA

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.

PART I:

Pepene - Faafaite

A music video from Tahiti. (7 min)

RAIDED LOVE

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.

MISIMPRESSIONS

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.

JE SUIS UN FLEUR (R18)

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)

SWEET NIGHT

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.

#STILLHERE

Director Desmond Hassing 2 min 2016 USA

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

NATIVE SNAGLINES

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.

Intermission

PART II:

ADAM

Director Evelyn Jane Ross 2 min 2017 USA

In the beginning of them She created us.

LADY EVA

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.

NOT INDIAN ENOUGH

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.

EXPLORER

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.

SHMEAT

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…

YACUNA LOVE TO LIFE

1 pM SUNDAY JUNE 4, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
(SLOW CINEMA ANNEX)

YACUNA, LOVE TO LIFE

Director/Writer Estaquio Del Rio 2017 97 min Mexico (Drama)

Mayan ancestral knowledge is kept by a Mayan old healer, Chiich an old woman, her granddaughter Yaakunah is heir to this knowledge . This is the basis for future medicine. He is distracted by her love interrest . Chiiich curees of cáncer a girl of the town an this calls the attention of international pharmaceutical companies that want to make lots of money out of this, the old healer is ill, and Yacuna leaves to the city.

AMARI

4 pM SUNDAY JUNE 4, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
(SLOW CINEMA ANNEX)

aMARI

Director Gregorio Azkona Andueza 2016 85 min Spain (Basque)

In the deepest and most hidden dreams, Zamalzain, the shaman woman, is contacted by the ancestors through a vision. A trip to the origins and fate of the aesthetic and sacred being. "aMari", umbilical cord, a thread of mother savior.  When word loses the sense of the sacred, life becomes a desecration.

SPIRIT WOMEN

1.30 pm sunday june 4, gaiety theatre, wairoa

SPIRIT WOMEN A divination of microcosmic films


Art Director: Hiona Henare
Producer: Hiona Henare
Editor: Rongotai Lomas
Artists: (please see below)

  
SPIRIT WOMEN brings together a tapestry of unique self film portraits made by indigenous women from Aotearoa, Fiji, North America, Phillippines, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Australia. 
 

Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo

Visual artist, FILMMAKER Country~Philippines TribalAffiliation: southern Tagalog region www.obradeHIYAS.com

Stephanie Big Eagle

ARTIST / ENVIRONMENTALIST /ACTIVIST / Cultural advocate Country~Northern California, UnitedStates TribalAffiliation: Ihanktowan DakotaOyate, Kul WicasaOyate & Haudenosaunee www.facebook.com/StandingRockTattoo

Julia Mage'au Gray

DANCER / Traditional TATTOOIST / VISUALARTIST Country~New Zealand, PapuaNew Guinea,Australia Tribal affiliation: Inawi Village, Mekeo, Central Province, PapuaNew Guinea & non indigenousAustralian www.melanesianmarks.com/about-julia

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Malia Hulleman

MESSENGER OF ALOHA

Country~Hawaiʻi /USA TribalAffiliation: Kanaka Maoli www.glamour.com/story/what-i-learned-fighting-on-the-front-lines-a t-standing-rock

Becs Arahanga

Acupuncturist / FilmMaker / Buddhist Country~New Zealand TribalAffiliation: Kai Tahu,Ngati Raukawa www.facebook.com/Laundry-290209121362005

Rosary Spence

Singer/Songwriter /Actor /Designer / Cultural Educator / Cree Language Teacher Country~Toronto, Canada TribalAffiliation: Mushkegowuk cree, fort albany first nation www.rosaryspence.com https://twitter.com/rosaryspence

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Jenny Fraser

ARTIST Country~East CoastAustralia TribalAffiliation: Yugambeh http://jennyfraser.blogspot.co.nz

Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone

Traditional Tattooist / CultureAdvocate Country~Nome,Alaska TribalAffiliation:Alaskan Iñupiaq www.imgrum.org/user/kunaq/266625862

Donita Hulme

Community arts culturaldevelopment & videoartist Country~sydney,Australia TribalAffiliation:vasu nadroga, fiji, kai lancashire england https://theveiqiaproject.com/artists/donita-hulme https://twitter.com/culturalchamp

Laura Grizzlypaws

ARTIST/ACADEMIC / CULTURALADVISOR Country~Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada TribalAffiliation: St’at’imc www.facebook.com/Laura-Grizzlypaws-1535683686743964 www.youtube.com/user/cwvlcwvlvpcen1

Tracey Tawhiao

PAINTER / POET / MULTI PLATFORM CREATIVEARTIST Country~Piha,Auckland,New Zealand TribalAffiliation:Ngai Te Rangi, Tuwharetoa, Whakatohea www.facebook.com/houseoftaonga

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Tina Ngata

Artist /Academic / Environmentalist / Blogger Country~New Zealand TribalAffiliation:Ngati Porou www.facebook.com/thenonplasticmaori

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.

ONE THOUSAND ROPES

5 PM SUNDAY JUNE 4, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA

ONE THOUSAND ROPES

Director Tusi Tamasese (Samoa) 2016 98 min NZ

An old man buries a placenta underneath a lemon tree. Later, we see his hand gently rolling a lemon back and forth on a table, as if he were massaging it. Besides his job at the bakery Maea also works as a traditional birth attendant, a task that requires him to competently massage the bellies of pregnant women. At home tell-tale pale stains on the wall bear witness to pictures that have been removed – Maea has distanced himself from his family following a traumatic and violent episode. But then one day his daughter Ilisa appears at his door. She is pregnant, and has also been physically abused by her boyfriend. What’s more, the spirit of a woman who frequently appears to be sitting in the corner of his living room suddenly decides not to want to go back to her grave in the cemetery. The Samoan men in New Zealand-Samoandirector Tusi Tamasese’s film may be big and strong but their aggression comes with a price: ‘balls are wasted on you’ says the bakery’s large female owner, who can lift the dough machine single-handedly. Unfolding in impressive, mythical images of compelling concentration, Tamasese tells a story about a man trying to face his past, his daughter and his inner 'demons’.

Preceded by:

HO’OMAU

Director Kenji Dougherty 2016 22 min USA (Hawaii)

Following a migratory period in ancient Hawai'i, war breaks out between tribes of different origin. Lehua, a young woman of mixed ancestry must persist against perilous odds to defend all she holds dear.