Kia Ora! We are proud to announce the FILM PROGRAMME at the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival:
A selection of Maori films curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, representing the pinnacle of Maori storytelling by Maori film makers in Aotearoa today.
Five of these films were curated by Wairoa Maori Film Festival for the "Nga Whanaunga" programme of the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2012, following which the programme travelled to the Sami Film Festival in Finland, Islands in the World Film Festival in Fiji, and the "Best of Wairoa Maori Film Festival" event in Hamburg.
NZ 2010 Director/Screenplay: Hiona Henare (Ngati Mauaupoko) 15 min Produced by Hiona Henare & Ngawaeroa Maniapoto Starring Noa Campbell and Shannon Claire
Uru tells the story of a disenchanted woman who turns from her Maori ancestry to embrace a new way of life with the European settlers. The film is based on a speech made by Akenehi Tomoana, a highly respected woman from the East Coast of New Zealand, whose speech influenced a whole community of tribal women to take control of Maori women's rights, Maori issues and cultural identity at a local conference in 1895. The Maori women's movement was part of a political up-rise across New Zealand in response to post treaty colonialism.
Festivals: Audience Award - Short Film - Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2010 Best Actress - Short Film - Shannon Claire - Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2010 Imagine Native Film Festival, Toronto, Canada 2011
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Mark Ruka (Ngāpuhi) Producers: Sheri O'Neill, Fred Renata. 9 mins
A man, a baby; one little step at a time. When Joe is left in charge of his baby son for the first time he must leave his past behind and prove he's ready for fatherhood.
NZ 2012. Director: Louise Leitch Producer: Melissa Dodds Screenplay: Bernadette Murphy (Te Āti Awa) Festivals: Tribeca 2012. 13 mins
Kiri, a Māori woman painfully aware of her weight, takes a trip with family and friends to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. The place awakens powerful memories.
Nine of Hearts
NZ 2012. Director: Briar Grace-Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai) Producer: Alexandra Keeble Screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Joseph. 15 mins
Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Māori-Pākehā spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen, a Pākehā mother, has already been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now. Drawn forward by her two high-pitched fairy children, Gen must ultimately confront Nola, her teenage Māori daughter, who has wisdom beyond her years – and fury at her mother to match.
NZ 2012. Director/Screenplay: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Kāi Tahu) Producer: Orlando Stewart. 10 mins
Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Utah, The Dump is a story about a boy discovering there’s more to his dad than just rubbish. Filmed in Tauraroa in Northland.
The Lawnmower Men of Kapu
NZ 2011. Director/Screenplay: Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti) Producer: Tainui Stephens. 14 mins
Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood, and he is counting on his three uncles to help the aunties. But the uncles have a major falling out with each other. Atawhai learns a valuable lesson about family and tradition, and his place in both.