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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.

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.

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’.

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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.