documentary

POI E: STORY OF OUR SONG

9 PM FRIDAY JUNE 2, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
1 PM SATURDAY JUNE 3, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA (FREE)
7.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 4, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA (FREE)

POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG

Director Tearepa Kahi (Maori) 2016 94 min NZ

‘Do you know what the funny thing is? Everyone knows the song, but nobody knows the words.’ ·That’s right man... mmmhh Poi E.’

In 1984 a Maori popsong topped the charts in New Zealand. It was nothing short of a miracle that music with Maori language lyrics could achieve such success. It was the heyday of Tina Turner and Michael Jackson – and of course most songs were sung in English. But then along came Dalvanius Prime, an imposing Maori with a strong but silky smooth voice, and the singers of the Patea Maori Club. Prime had already established himself as a ‘black’ soul singer, then he began to mix traditional melodies with modern Beats. Although the media would have loved to ignore it, Poi E became a ‘hymn of a new generation’, ultimately encouraged many Maori to rediscover their roots and experienced a new hype in Taika Waititis feature Boy

LGBTQI+ THEN & NOW

10 AM SATURDAY JUNE 3, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA

LGBTQI+ AOTEAROA THEN AND NOW

Director Teresa Wells (Cook Islands) Producers Teresa Wells, Kristin McGill, Whiti Timutimu 2017 45 mins NZ

This documentary covers the journey of the Qmunity Youth group from Gisborne attending the 30th Anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform. They interview those who led the charge to get the bill passed and how it has helped shape life for LGBTQI Takatapui rangatahi now.

Preceded by:

TU TIKA, TU PONO - BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

Director Moka Namana (Māori) 2017 13 min NZ

This documentary gives an understanding on what it is like for a Maori gay male, living in a world where homosexuality is an uncomfortable subject.  It tells the story of three Maori men from three diffrent generations.

WHEN THEY AWAKE

3.30 pm Saturday june 3, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

WHEN THEY AWAKE

Directors PJ Marcellino, Hermon Farahi Producers PJ Marcellino, Susan Aglukark, Gordon Henderson, Tiska Widermann 2017 91 min Canada

"My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back", said Louis Riel, about 100 years ago. The moment is now. Witness the awakening - it's nothing short of a revolution!

Following on the footsteps of trailblazers like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson, Indigenous musicians across North America are carving paths into mainstream consciousness, and with it reclaiming their rightful place as fundamental pieces of the contemporary social fabric.

Working in every genre, from Hip Hop to Rock to Electro Pop to EDM to Country and beyond, an empowered, outspoken, woke generation of musicians is fiercely channeling the darkness of the colonial past, and the strength and resilience of their ancestors, into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future.

Featuring artists like Inuk punk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Anishinaabe EDM outfit A Tribe Called Red, Cree electro-pop sensation IskWé, and Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday, among others, AWAKE! is a remarkable snapshot of a burgeoning music scene through a kaleidoscope of over 40 powerful Indigenous voices.

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

11 aM SATURDAY JUNE 3, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA
11 AM SUNDAY JUNE 4, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
(slow cinema annex)

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

Directors Jon Betz & Taggart Siegel 2016 90 minutes USA

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real sense, they are life itself.

Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature are in grave danger. In less than a century of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by ancient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale.

Executive produced by Academy Award nominated actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough ( Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams ).