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KIRIATA WAIROA: WAIROA STORIES

POSSUM by Dave Whitehead, whose whanau hail from Nuhaka, Wairoa and Whangara.

POSSUM by Dave Whitehead, whose whanau hail from Nuhaka, Wairoa and Whangara.

GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA, 3 PM SATURDAY June 3 2017

KIRIATA WAIROA: WAIROA STORIES

MOHAKA

Director Jharaiz Kiriona (Maori) 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. Filmed in Otaki.

HOPUKIA TE TAO

2016 3 mins NZ

NZ On Air Best Music Video of the Year - Waiata Maori Awards. Toni Huata featuring Aunty Dr. Rose Rangimarie Pere.

 

YEAR ZERO

6 PM FRIDAY JUNE 2, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA

YEAR ZERO Short films

Presented by Asinabka Film & Media Festival, Ottawa, Canada

"Year Zero alludes to many things, including film history, literature, music, and pop-culture; it references “Germany, Year Zero” a 1948 film set in devastated post-World War II Berlin; it references “Panic in Year Zero!” a 1962 film about the aftermath of a nuclear attack on Los Angeles; it references industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails 2007 concept album based on a post-apocalyptic earth; it references “Year Zero” a 2012 science fiction book in which aliens mark the beginning of a new era.  It also alludes to the apocalyptic nature of colonial violence in Canada and the ongoing neo-colonialism of Canada.  As a collection of short films by Indigenous directors from Canada, and programmed by Indigenous curators, Year Zero is a subversive critique of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, this is a complicated matter for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Year Zero includes films that challenge Canadian nationalism, films that highlight the extermination of the buffalo, films that show the horrors enacted on Indigenous children at residential schools, films that reveal the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, films that discuss racism, displacement, and the failure of the justice systems, and films that show the strength and resurgence of Indigenous peoples." - Howard Adler & Christopher Wong, Asinabka Film & Media Festival, Ottawa, Canada

 PROGRAMME

  • Ute Kanata/Here in Canada (Virginie Michel)
  • Macrocosmic (Craig Commanda)
  • Sisters and Brothers (Kent Monkman)
  • Heritage Minutes: Chanie Wenjack (Shane Belcourt)
  • Stolen (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs)
  • Oú Sont tes Plumes/Where are your feathers (Widia Larivière & Mélanie Lumsdem)
  • A Red Girl’s Reasoning (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) (screens Sunday at Morere)
  • God’s Acre (Kelton Steopanowich)
  • Four Faces of the Moon (Amanda Strong)
  • Why We’re Here (Candy Renae Fox)
  • Wake Up (Jesse Short)

Ute Kanata (Here in Canada)

Virginie Michel (Innu) • 2015 • 2:27 • Canada • Innu Language

With a spin on the traditional Canadian National Anthem, here the “Ô Kanata“ of Virginie Michel is sung in the Innu Language, and demands that the presence of Canada’s First Nations be recognized in the national narratives.

Virginie Michel is an Innu woman from the Mani-Utenam community who worked several years with children. In her free time, she likes to create: crafts, songs, nursery rhymes. Her project is to elaborate an interactive dictionary for early childhood. She also follows actively the political evolution of her people: aware of the future of First Nations languages, she tries to promote the recognition of these tongues, and in particular, the national hymn in native language. Now that she is freer, she can pursue an old dream.

Macrocosmic

Craig Commanda (Algonquin) • 2016 • 3:30 • Canada • Anishinaabe

The beauty of the natural world is captured in extreme close-ups, with narration in the Algonquin Language.

Craig Commanda is an Anishnabe musician and filmmaker from Kitigan Zibi First Nation. He plays guitar and bass, and scores the music to his own films as well as for other film projects and collaborations.

Sisters and Brothers

Kent Monkman (Cree) • 2016 • 3:44 • Canada • No Dialogue

In a pounding critique of Canada’s colonial history, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous population by the residential school system. Part of the Souvenir series, it’s one of four films by First Nations filmmakers that remix archival footage to address Indigenous identity and representation, reframing Canadian history through a contemporary lens.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums, participated in various international group exhibitions, and his award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals.

Heritage Minutes: Chanie Wenjack

Shane Belcourt (Metis) • 1:00 • 2016 • Canada

A glimpse into the horrors enacted on Indigenous children at residential schools, this emotional Heritage Minute opens on Chanie Wenjack’s attempt to escape his residential school in 1966 and ends with his tragic death on a railway track, not far from where he began.

Shane Belcourt is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and musician based in Toronto. He has made numerous films such as his feature film Tkaronto, a short film produced by the NFB called Boxed In, and a 48-min performance arts documentary called Kaha:w – The Cycle of Life. In 2013 Shane collaborated with playwright Yvette Nolan to create A Common Experience, which was featured in Air Canada’s In-Flight entertainment. In 2014 Shane worked with acclaimed writer Maria Campbell on a live reading/screening with his film Apikiwiyak, at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival. And most recently wrote and directed the 13-part documentary TV series Urban Native Girl which aired on APTN in 2015.

Stolen

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) • 7:00 • 2016 • Canada • English

Sheena, a lost teenager, is placed in a girl’s home. Seemingly forgotten and yearning for a life of freedom, she runs away, only to be picked up by a dangerous stranger. The directorial debut by actor Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is a sober commentary on missing Indigenous women.

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) is a film and television actress best known for her starring role in Rhymes for Young Ghouls, for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Her most recent acting work includes roles in feature length films The Sun at Midnight and The Land of Rock Gold.

Oú Sont tes Plumes (Where are your feathers)

Widia Larivière & Mélanie Lumsdem • 2015 • 4:52 • Canada • English

Two sets of sisters humorously share their experiences with prejudices against First Nations people.

Widia Larivière is an Anishnabe from Timiskaming but she grew up in town. As a feminist and activist for the aboriginal cause, she has been involved in many youth initiatives for the rights of aboriginal peoples. Since 2009, she has been the Youth Coordinator for Quebec Native Women. She is also the co-initiator of the Quebec section of Idle No More, a movement that intends to contribute to having Aboriginal People's voices heard.

Mélanie Lumsdem was born to an Inuvialuit mother and a Belgian father and grew up in urban areas. She is in charge of projects for DestiNATIONS, an Aboriginal organization based in Montreal, for research on the state of native cultural development in Quebec. She co-founded Mikana, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness of Aboriginal realities in Canada.

Gods Acre

Kelton Steopanowich (Métis) • 2016 • 15 min. Canada

Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling, powerful short of a man determined to protect hisland at all cost. As the water slowly rises in a frighteningly familiar future, the man must choose to abandon all that he knows or give in to the rising tide.

Kelton Steopanowich is a filmmaker from Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta. He is best known for writing, directing, and producing the short film Gods Acre, which had its world premiere in 2016 at TIFF. In 2016 Kelton was a recipient of the Telefilm micro-budget program to produce his first feature film The Road Behind in the summer of 2017.

Four Faces of the Moon

Amanda Strong (Michif) •12:56 • 2016 • Canada

Four Faces of the Moon is an animated short told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood and peeling back the layers of Canada's colonial history.

Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist and stop motion artist currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver. Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her films Indigo and Mia’ challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and OIAF. Her latest short animation Four Faces of the Moon will be premiering with CBC Short Docs and is being developed into a graphic novel.

Why We’re Here: Stories From Standing Rock

Candy Renae Fox (Cree) • 2016 • 7:30 • Canada/USA • English

A short documentary about the Two-Spirit Camp at Standing Rock. 

Candy Renae Fox is a filmmaker, actress, and artist from Piapot First Nation, and is currently based in Regina, Saskatchewan.  She is a film studies graduate from the University of Regina. She is known for her role on APTN’s Moccasin Flats.  Her documentary film ‘Backroads’ was selected as one of Canada’s top student films and screened at TIFF in 2015.  

Wake Up!

Jessie Short (Métis)• 2015 • 5:58 • Canada • English

A woman transforms into Louis Riel in an exploration of Métis identity 

Jessie Short is a curator, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist and emerging filmmaker whose work involves memory, multi-faceted existence, Métis history and visual culture. Short obtained an MA degree in 2011 and an Undergraduate degree in 2006. Short worked in the visual arts department at The Banff Centre for the Arts, and she also spent two years as the executive director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently working on various contracts as a curator and documentary filmmaker.

 

 

KIRIATA MĀORI

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7.30 pm Friday June 2, Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
10.30 am Sunday June 4, Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa

KIRIATA MAORI: Maori Shorts 2017 (61 min)

A collection of new short films all directed by Maori directors, some screening for the first time!

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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.

LAUNDRY

Director/Writer Becs Arahanga (Māori) Producer Julian Arahanga 2017 10 mins  NZ

A funny, light-hearted, and cringingly relatable story about love life after marriage. Starring Aidee Walker and Jarod Rawiri.

NATALIE

Director Qianna Titore (Maori) Producer Eloise Veber

Exec Producer Michael Bennett (Maori) 2017 9 min NZ

A coming of age drama set in the Far North’s Hokianga harbour. On the day that 14-year-old Natalie is given a precious waiata composed by her deceased Koro, she is unexpectedly thrown into a journey that will leave her changed forever.

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.

MANNAHATTA

Director/Writer Renae Maihi (Māori) 2016 15 min NZ/USA

In the city that never sleeps wanders a ghost that cannot rest. ImagineNative 2016.

KIRIATA PASIFIKA

11.15 am Saturday June 3, Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka
12 pm sunday june 4, gaiety theatre, wairoa

KIRIATA PASIFIKA: Pasifika Shorts (60 min)

'AKA'ŌU: TĀTATAU IN THE COOK ISLANDS

Director Robert George (Cook Island Māori) 2016 4 min NZ/Cook Islands

An unlikely master of the traditional Polynesian art of Tātatau, Englishman Croc Coulter must pass on his knowledge to a new apprentice.

THE PROMISE OF PIHA

Director Hanelle Harris (Māori) 2016 16 min NZ

White Sunday weekend has arrived.  Amidst the harmonies, Pule struggles with the reality that he will soon be leaving this, his future sealed as a pastor in training at a prestigious Bible College in Samoa. But before he leaves, he will reveal his truth. ImagineNative 2016, mispon 2016. Starring Jeremiah Tauamiti.

MARIA

Director/Writer Jeremiah Tauamiti (Samoa) 2016 14 min NZ

An elderly Polynesian matriarch receives help from an unexpected visitor as she struggles to reunite her fractured family. HIFF 2016. Producer Karin Williams.

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.

I HAVE CURLS

Writer/Director Maria Vai (Tonga) 2017 14 min NZ

Charlotte’s Tongan roots come to surface. In order to embrace her identity, Charlotte must confront her mother’s secrets – with or without her blessing. (Unitec)

KIRIATA AOTEAROA

1 pm Saturday June 3 Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka

KIRIATA AOTEAROA: AOTEAROA Shorts (56 min)

TE AO NUI O NGĀ HUE

Director Sebastian J. Lowe 2016 8 min NZ

A short experimental film that explores how taonga pūoro practitioners (traditional Māori instruments) come into dialogue with the voices of the atua, or the multiple deities.

MARATHON

Director Sebastian Vidal Bustamante 2017 19 min NZ

Marathon is an uplifting drama focused on music teacher Philip, who battles neurosis and an existential crisis to find healing through running.

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.

TREE

Director Lauren Jackson 2017 16 min NZ

One evening Alisi, a New Zealand Tongan teen, climbs a huge tree and won’t come down. As night falls and we discover her secret, Alisi must decide whether to bow to tradition or find a new path - with or without her family.

KIRIATA HAWAI'I

2.30 pm saturday june 3, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

KIRIATA HAWAI’I: Hawai’i Shorts (24 min)

LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK

Vilsoni Hereniko (Pasifika) • Producer Jeannette Hereniko • 2017 • 4 mins • USA

A visual treat of the world's tallest mountain on earth where telescopes reach out to starry skies, this visual poem accompanied by stunning images and ethereal music alludes also to human relationships where sacred and secular values collide and search for meaning. Cinematographer Paul Atkins (Master and Commander).

THE BRIDGE

Director Cindy Iodice 2016 20min USA (Hawai'i)

Pono, a tenacious seven-year old boy lives with his family in a five-story tree house deep in the rainforest of Hawaii's Manoa Valley. Pono's father provides critical ancestral knowledge through cultural transmission to his youngest descendant. After tragedy strikes the family, Pono's mother blames her youngest son and repeatedly pushes him away. Pono, however, is the heir to critical cultural practices, which can help her resolve her inner conflict between Christianity/religion and Hawaiian spirituality, but only if she can concede to Hawaiian culture through the encouragement of the son she has alienated.

KIRIATA WINDA

11 am sunday june 4, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

Wadyarr, Yayarr adyi Winda:
Country and People of the Milky Way

A collection of Australian Aboriginal short films curated by Pauline Clague of the Winda Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.

UNDER SKIN, IN BLOOD

Writer/Dir: Larissa Berhendt Prod: John Harvey Running Time: 12 minutes

A woman attempts to cling onto her memories of happier times with her husband and son before asbestos riddled their town.

BLACK CHOOK

Writer: Bruce Pascoe Director: Dylan River Producer: Belinda Mravicic Running time:11 minutes

They were Australia’s bad days. Men Killed other men and laughed. All that was left for the children of the dead was to remember, if they had strength.

You TURN

Writer/Director: Ryan Griffen Producer: John Harvey Running Time: 11 minutes

After a bungled robbery, James is on the run from the law with nothing but the open road ahead of him. Thinking he is in the clear he tries to relax and drive, until he realises he has unexpected passengers on board. James has only one chance to turn his life around. Will he take it?

LUCKY BILLY

Director Thomas Saylor Producers: Anna Cadden & Rita Catoni 2015 6 mins

KEEP IT IN COMMUNITY! Everyone loves Lucky Billy and wants him to achieve his football dreams. With an AFL selector in town, he’s keen to make a good impression. His grand-father gives him money for new boots, but it’s not quite enough. Will Billy take what he has or will he risk everything for his dream boots?

BLIGHT

Director: Perun Bonser

Set in the early 20th century on Australia's western frontier, a police Constable hunts down a band of dangerous Criminals aided by a young, female Aboriginal Tracker. However, when the Constable is severely injured the Tracker is forced to eliminate the last of the Criminals on her own.

KIRIATA KAI

kiriata kai: Food themed shorts

12 pm Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Sunday June 4

This year we're serving Indian Tacos for lunch at the marae! To celebrate, we've got two special films on the fry bread theme!

TWO SPIRIT FRY BREAD

Directors Howard Adler, Leo Koziol, Candy Renae Fox (above), Producer Trudy Stewart, 2017, 7 min Canada/USA

Made at the Mispon Film Festival in Canada, three two-spirit directors got together and made this fun short film looking at the magic of fry bread! Anishinaabe Chef Sleepswithbears is joined by special guest Kahu from Aotearoa. Flames, fun and food ensues!

SEARCH FOR THE WORLD'S BEST INDIAN TACO

Director/Writer Steven Judd (Kiowa, Choctaw)  2010, 15 min. USA

A Choctaw man regales his grandson with tales of his lifelong quest to find true love.

KIRIATA MOTU HONU

1 pm sunday june 4 kahungunu marae, nuhaka

KIRIATA MOTU HONU: Turtle Island Shorts (74 min)

A collection of native shorts from Canada and the USA.

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IN THE BEGINNING WAS WATER AND SKY

Director/Writer Ryan Ward 2017 13 min USA

A haunting and visually stunning fairytale that blends fantasy and real life events. Two Native American children navigate the dark corners of American history trying to find their way back to a home that may be lost forever.

KÉWKU

Director Sean Stiller 2016 10 min Canada

Using the backdrop of traditional Shuswap territory in British Columbia’s interior as both physical and symbolic landscape, Kéwku weaves the tumultuous life experiences of Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips to his relationship with the healing medicine sage.

7 MINUTES

Director Tasha Hubbard 2016 7 min Canada

Marie’s walk from her university library to her home is an even seven minutes. It’s a walk she has made many times but one night she is followed by a man who tries to get her into his van.

 

SNIP

Director Terril Calder (Metis) Producer Jason Ryle Writer Joseph Boyden 15 min 2017 Canada

The power of Indigenous storytelling in between the lines of colonial history.

SHE IS WATER

Director Darlene Naponse (Anishinaabe) 2016 13 min Canada

Mary, an Ojibway teenager is taken by a stranger after a day out with her friends. She returns to Mother Earth and the Natural World seeks retribution.

THE FEATHER FROM FISH LAKE

Director Jeremy Williams Producer Tsilhqot'in National Government 2017 7 min Canada

The Tsilhqot'in have been fighting a proposed gold and copper mine in their unceded territory for decades. This film follows an eagle feather, passed in ceremony, as it journeys to Victoria BC (the capital city) and delivered to the Premier with the message: No means No.

FROM UP NORTH

Director Trudy Stewart Producer Janine Windolph 2017 13 min Canada

From Up North is a short, poetic, documentary on the director's experience recording Indian Residential School survivors' stories for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

KIRIATA KŌIWI

2.30 sunday june 4, kahungunu marae, nuhaka

KIRIATA KŌIWI (73 min)

A little bit spooky, a little bit spiritual this collection of short films explore ancient traditions and surreal stories of the past.

BONE OF MY BONES

Director Kayley Watene 2017 13 min NZ

A Short Documentary on an ancient Maori tradition.

TWO SPIRIT TALES

Directors Howard Adler, Leo Koziol, Candy Renae Fox, Producer Trudy Stewart, 2017, 5 min Canada/USA

Made at the Mispon Film Festival in Canada, three two-spirit directors got together and made this spooky short film that delves into the surreal. Filmed in the artists residence. 

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

Writer/Director Phil Davison 2017 13 min NZ

A short film that puts a human face on warfare. Bill, a young Maori soldier gets his first taste of warfare when his unit is shelled, and he runs away in panic.He finds a barn, and goes inside to find some shelter.

LAND OF THE TANIWHA

Director Aidan Otene Dickens (Māori) 2017 14 min NZ

Wiremu asks his Te Reo teacher how to call a taniwha. What follows is a story of forgiveness and redemption.

CONVERSATIONS WITH A FILM CRITIC

Director Lennie Hill (Maori) 2017 10 min NZ

A homeless man must make pilgrimage around the city before reaching a place of completion.

PIKOWAE

Director Vanessa Rare (Māori) 2004 18 min NZ

Rua and Petree are intending to pick up a car in Pikowae and make a run for it. Arriving at the sign post, they wait for the other party to arrive. Tensions arise - two men who don’t know each other, stuck in the middle of nowhere.

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…

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.