Māoriland Film Festival 2017 Programme

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Ngā Mihi - Acknowledgements

2 Hei Whakakitenga The Declaration of Indigenous Cinema 3 Ngā Pou o Te Whare Kōrero Support is In The House 4 Māoriland Charitable Trust 5 Letter from the Festival Director Māoriland and the Indigenous Film Circle 6 Festival Kaimahi & Kaihāpai Visitor Support 7 Ngā Tīkiti - Ticketing Info 8 Te Huarahi Mai - Travel Info 9 Map 10 Ngā Aho Nui - Special Events 18 He Wāhi Kōrero - A Place to Talk 20 Ngā Kiriata - Feature Films 39 Ngā Kiriata Poto - Short Films 52 Timetable


NGĀ MIHI ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Nau mai e te ao ki Māoriland! ‘See the world’ at the Māoriland Film Festival! Welcome to the tribal lands of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga: Home to the subtribes of Ngāti Korokī, Ngāti Maiōtaki, Ngāti Huia ki Katihiku, Ngāti Pare and Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti. We are grateful for the support of Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki, our kaumātua and kuia, our kaimahi and our whānau. Tēnā koutou. Sponsors & Partners Embassy of the United States of America, Wellington Canada Council New Zealand Film Commission E Tu Whānau Lotteries Commission Community Grants JR McKenzie Trust Kapiti Coast District Council Kono Group Te Māngai Pāho Park Road Post Gold Sponsors Concrete Doctor Xtreme Forwarding Friends Of The Festival Windsor Park Orchard Brendan Heenan - Tall Poppy Real Estate Hans & Nienke Itjeshorst-Engel Pā Peter & Pā Piripi Ōtaki Mail Ōtaki Commercial Park Streetscene Hammer Hardware, Ōtaki Marlan Trading A big shoutout to Blackout Media, facilitators of Māoriland Rangatahi Filmmaking Workshops www.blackoutmedianz.com Cover image credit Ted Whitecalf

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HEI WHAKAKITENGA THE DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS CINEMA Created by Åsa Simma (Sámi), with Darlene Johnson (Dunghutti). Accepted at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino, Sápmi, October 2011. We the Indigenous screen storytellers United in this northern corner of our mother, the earth In a great assembly of wisdom we declare to all nations: We glory in our past • when our earth was nurturing our oral traditions • when night sky evoked visions animated in our dreams • when the sun and the moon became our parents in stories told • when storytelling made us all brothers and sisters • when our stories fostered great chiefs and leaders • when justice was encouraged in the stories told We will • hold and manage Indigenous cultural and intellectual property • be recognised as the primary guardians and interpreters of our culture • respect Indigenous individuals and communities • nourish knowledge from our traditions to modern screen appearance • use our skills to communicate with nature and all living things • through screen storytelling heal our wounds • through modern screen expression carry our stories to those not yet born And thus through motion picture make the invisible visible again. We vow to manage our own destiny and recover our complete humanity and pride in being Indigenous screen storytellers.


NGĀ POU O TE WHARE KŌRERO - SUPPORT IS IN THE HOUSE Hou mai koe ki roto i te whare kōrero o Māoriland. Ko tōna tāhuhu ko te iwi, ko te poutāhu ko te mana o te kupu, ko te poutuarongo ko te ira tangata. Kei waenga ko te poutokomanawa o te aroha noa. Ka mutu, ko ngā pou koko ka titi iho ki te whenua ko ēnei: We bid you entry into our house of stories. The ridgepole is the people, the front post is the authority of the word, the rear post is the essence of our humanity. Between them we find the support pillar of love. The posts that anchor the corners to the land are these:

CELEBRATION Māoriland celebrates the rise of indigenous cinema. It invites filmmakers from around the world to share their compelling big screen stories with us, and with each other.

INSPIRATION Māoriland upholds the mana and inspiration of our storytellers. We are guided by our elders, and taught by our children. The festival assists our community to expand their perspectives, and to connect with those from other cultures.

RESPECT Māoriland is rooted in the traditions and language of the hapū and iwi of Ōtaki. It is our honour to extend manaakitanga to the many visitors to the festival.

INCLUSION Māoriland provides a portal to the indigenous world for ALL people. It assists social cohesion, a sense of pride, and the informed wellbeing of our community. Kāti. Tuia te kawa, tairanga te kawa, ko te kawa o te manaaki i te tangata tēnei ka poua nei. Tēnā koe.


MĀORILAND CHARITABLE TRUST E tāmara mā, tēnā koutou katoa. E huri anō ai taku aro ki ngā maunga, ki ngā kōtihitihi, ki ngā kahurangi kua ngaro kē rātou ki tua. Moe mai, oki mai, hoki wairua mai ē. Mei kore ake te manawatapu e tukituki ora ake ai i a rātou. Pau te kaha. Waiho iho ko ā rātou ōhākī hei whakakaupapa mā tātou. Heoi. Tēnei te mihi oha atu nei ki a tātou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai anō rā ki tā tātou ahurei kiriata. We of the Māoriland Charitable Trust invite you to Ōtaki to enjoy films that you rarely see at movie theatres. We have considered some 2600 shorts and features to select over 120 of the best for your appreciation. The popularity of our festival is both exciting and humbling. We thank our local community and our international family of filmmakers for your support and interest in this annual celebration of storytelling. A good film can be a roller coaster of excitement, or an inspiring reflection of our world. Māoriland presents some of the very best of indigenous cinema from around the planet: Stories that touch us with their humanity and the celebration of who we are as children of nature and the universe. I invite you to dive into our comprehensive programme; and to experience and connect with the fabulous world of film. Here, at Māoriland. Tāria te moko Māori ki ngā kiriata o te wā. Nāku me ngā mihi aroha ki a tātou ka hui nei. Tainui Stephens Chair Māoriland Charitable Trust


MĀORILAND AND THE INDIGENOUS FILM CIRCLE Tēnā koutou, kia ora mai tātou! Ka nui te koa ka riro māku hei whakatakoto kōrero mō tā tātou ahurei kiriata. I am excited to share the 2017 Māoriland Film Festival programme with you all! Mei kore ake koutou. Ka aroha ake nei au. In the month leading up to MFF2017, Māoriland presented a programme of Māori films at the Skabmagovat Festival in Sapmi, 300 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. At this festival we met many Sámi and Arctic Circle filmmakers and learned of their own unique creative and political challenges. It is a huge honor to host the NZ premiere screening of the multi award winning film SÁMI BLOOD by Swedish-Sámi writer-director Amanda Kernell. A film that blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinating and rarely depicted cultural context: Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sámi. A further New Zealand premiere feature is from the Yakutia nation of far North East Russia. BONFIRE is a debut feature work of exquisite cinematography and devastating storytelling. Filmmaker Dmitrii Davydov is travelling to Māoriland to present his powerful film to us all. We also have a strong lineup of documentaries that include RISE – STANDING ROCK, and the latest incredible work by distinguished Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE. We know one of the most popular screenings will be the moving and very funny POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG. Tearepa Kahi’s inspired film about the Pātea Māori Club’s hit song from 1984 is wonderful whānau viewing. Our short films include colourful and stimulating tales from Aotearoa, the Pacific, and far-flung corners of the globe. They are a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart. They remind us all - in angry political times - how close we actually are to each other. At Māoriland 2017 we hope that you too, in your own way will find connections with these big screen stories of indigenous peoples. I am honored to be part of the Indigenous Film Circle who presents these worlds to you, and a part of a great team who makes it all possible. Mauriora ki a tātou. Nāku noa, Libby Hakaraia


FESTIVAL KAIMAHI Māoriland would not be possible without the efforts of our kaimahi. They are the many whānau and friends who help in all areas of the festival; including venues, tickets and merchandise, putting signs and flags up and most importantly: looking after our manuhiri filmmakers and visitors. They will be wearing the special red Māoriland Tshirts. They can help you with any questions. Be sure to give them a big smile and a thank you! They are awesome!

FESTIVAL KAIHĀPAI Our kaihāpai are the beautiful rangatahi that open each of our screenings with karakia, mihi and venue safety briefings. They are the heartbeat of our festival, and are our future tribal, community and whānau leaders. They are wearing the special red Tshirts. Mā pango mā whero e oti ai ngā mahi.


Ngā Tīkiti | Ticketing Info

NGĀ TĪKITI TICKETING INFO Māoriland Keynote Address


General Screenings & Kōrero


School Screenings $2 per student or $5 per student for a day Māoriland Red Carpet Party


TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: Online Tickets are available online at: https://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/maoriland-film-festival-2017 By Phone Call iTicket on 0508 iTICKET (484-253) In Person Māoriland Film Festival Hub, 68 Main Street Ōtaki Manuhiri Pass Holders • Your pass gives you access to one (1) ticket per screening or event. You must have a physical ticket to enter screenings. • Your pass includes one (1) ticket to the Māoriland Film Festival Closing Night Party. Please note that due to limited numbers you must RSVP to attend this party by Friday 17th March 6 pm at the latest, to ensure your ticket. • Your pass does not guarantee you a ticket. • Tickets are subject to availability. • You must claim your tickets at The Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki • You may select all your tickets for the Festival starting on March 1st. • Delegate Passes are not transferrable. • I f you choose not to use a ticket, please return it to the Ticket Office so that someone else can use it. Lost passes cannot be reprinted during the Festival. Manuhiri and Filmmaker Passes can be collected from the Manuhiri desk at the Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki.


TE HUARAHI MAI TRAVEL INFORMATION Ōtaki is located on the Kāpiti Coast, 80 kms from Wellington Airport. Public transport on the Kāpiti Coast is limited so it can be handy to have your own vehicle. Alternatively, the train from Wellington to Ōtaki is a beautiful scenic trip that for one hour will take you through small towns, bush and along the wild West Coast. Sit on the left hand side of the train heading north for views out to Kāpiti Island. The Capital Connection runs to Ōtaki once daily, leaving Wellington at 5:15 pm, Monday to Friday. It features a licensed café offering a range of snacks and beverages, table seating options, and toilet and power facilities. It returns to Wellington at 7:13 am Monday to Friday from Ōtaki. The Kāpiti Line runs every half hour to, and from Wellington. The service leaves from Waikanae, a town 15 minutes south of Ōtaki. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. From Waikanae, the 290 bus will take you to through to Ōtaki for $5.50 for an adult or $3 for a child. The bus leaves Waikanae for Ōtaki’s Main St five times daily. Check the timetable below for more information. Useful links: http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/other-services/capital-connection/ https://www.metlink.org.nz/timetables/train/KPL https://www.metlink.org.nz/timetables/bus/290


Te Huarahi Mai | Travel Info

















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NGĀ AHO NUI SPECIAL EVENTS PŌWHIRI Wednesday 15 March 9:30 am at Raukawa Marae

The pōwhiri and welcome to manuhiri and official guests of MFF2017 will take place at Raukawa Marae according to tikanga.

OPENING OF MĀORILAND RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday 15 March 11:15 am at Raukawa Marae

Ngā Pakiaka is proud to present the first Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival: A three day event within Māoriland that has been programmed by youth for youth. Come to Raukawa Marae to share Ngā Pakiaka’s journey in film. Ngā Pakiaka comprises multi award winning youth filmmakers: Maizy Kingsford Brown (13), Philadelphia Metekingi Kingsford Brown (16), Oriwa Hakaraia (13), Kaea Hakaraia (12) and Eva Hakaraia (14). Since October, Ngā Pakiaka reviewed over 80 films to select a programme that would excite and inspire the youth of Ōtaki and its surrounding communities.

MĀORILAND KEYNOTE ADDRESS Wednesday 15 March 5:45 pm at Rangiātea Church

Every year Māoriland invites a Māori filmmaker to deliver a keynote address at historic Rangiatea Church. This year our keynote speakers are Mabelle Dennison, and her son Julian. For four years, Mabelle and Julian have attended the world’s major film festivals because of their performances in short and feature films. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE recently netted Julian his second Moa at the New Zealand Film Awards. In 2016 he was named one of the year’s ‘rising stars of Hollywood’. Hear how this whānau from Naenae deals with the demands of Hollywood - and keeps it real.


Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events


Mīharo Kē! Three leading contemporary Māori artists will astonish and delight the audiences at the Māoriland Film Festival, with their works on display in the main festival venues . The artworks are diverse in materials and content, however they demonstrate the depth of an artist’s mātauranga Māori; with their reflections of traditional Māori artforms, including raranga and whakairo. The project will initiate conversations about the point and presence of mātauranga Māori. It is a unique interactive experience for festival goers. All of the artists will be present to discuss these works, and to take part in a panel with filmmakers about recent joint ventures within film. Collaboration between artists and filmmakers is a key focus of the Māoriland Film Festival, and the soon to be established multi-purpose arts venue: The Māoriland Hub. Sculptor Professor Robert Jahnke (Te Whānau a Rākairoa ki Ngāti Porou); Video and media artist Rachael Rakena (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Tahu) and textile artist and fashion designer Kiri Nathan (Ngā Puhi, Tainui) are the three leading Māori contemporary artists involved in Mīharo Kē. Works will be on display at the Māoriland Hub & Ngā Purapura throughout the festival.


CIRCUIT SCREENS Four recent works by Māori artists using the mobility of video to explore concepts of encounter and exchange, will screen ‘on loop’ in the window of the Māoriland Hub. Works include; Salote Tawale and Bridget Reweti’s Sorry (2016), Shannon Te Ao’s Untitled (Epilogue) (2015), Suzanne Kite and Bridget Reweti’s Hotline Bling (2016) and Sarah Hudson’s Karakia / Ritual Chants (2016) All works appear courtesy of the artists, and CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, with the support of Creative New Zealand. (www.circuit.org.nz) These exhibitions will be open for public viewing throughout the festival.

RANGATAHI GALA Wednesday 15 March 5:00 pm Greenfield at Te Kura ā Iwi O Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Come on down to Te Kura ā Iwi O Whakatupuranga Rua Mano for the Rangatahi Gala which includes the annual Kainival of international food stalls. Don’t forget to bring cash to grab some delicious kai from the stalls and enjoy the entertainment - before finding your spot on the grass for the outdoor whānau screening of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE.


Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

OUTDOOR WHĀNAU SCREENINGS He koha arā: Gold Coin Donation for both screenings. Māoriland is an eco‑conscious event. Be kind to Papatūānuku - reduce, recycle, reuse and leave no trace.


Presented with the support of Xtreme Forwarding

Wednesday 15 March 8:30 pm Greenfield at Te Kura ā Iwi O Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE cleaned up at this year’s New Zealand Film Awards. Hardly surprising given the film is still packing cinemas around the world, and winning Audience Choice awards in distant places. The star of the film Julian Dennison will present this outdoor whānau screening. Food will be available at the Kainival. Bring a chair or a bean bag and enjoy the fun! In the event of rain - the screening will move to Ngā Purapura.


OUTDOOR WHĀNAU SCREENINGS He koha arā: Gold Coin Donation for both screenings. Māoriland is an eco‑conscious event. Be kind to Papatūānuku - reduce, recycle, reuse and leave no trace.

MOANA Saturday 18 March 8:30 pm Greenfield at Te Kura ā Iwi O Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

The story of Polynesian heroine Moana who is on a risky voyage to save her people is turned into a rollicking adventure. The talents of Māori filmmakers like Taika Waititi, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement and Temuera Morrison joined forces with Pasifika colleagues Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, and Opetaia Foa’i. Together with Hollywood’s best they have crafted a film that has brought smiles and pride to audiences everywhere. In the event of rain - the screening will move to Ngā Purapura.


Presented with the support of Concrete Doctors

Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events


This is your chance to share in the excitement that overflows at Ngā Purapura when young filmmakers from all over Aotearoa share their films with their peers. The theme this year is ‘Through Our Lens’. Prizes are awarded for Best Overall Film, Best Use of Theme, Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Actor and Best Editing. Come and see the filmmakers of the future! The six core values of E Tū Whānau are: AROHA giving with no expectation of return WHANAUNGATANGA it’s about being connected WHAKAPAPA knowing who you are and where you belong MANA / MANAAKI building the mana of others, through nurturing, growing and challenging KŌRERO AWHI positive communication and actions TIKANGA doing things the right way, according to our values


COLLISIONS Saturday 18 March 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Māoriland Hub

Experience the multi award winning Virtual Reality film: COLLISIONS! COLLISIONS, directed by artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, is a virtual reality journey to the land of Indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his Aboriginal world view and the cutting edge of Western science. He witnessed first hand and with no prior context, an atomic test. In the words of Lynette Wallworth “VR will soon hit in a big way, very possibly to become ubiquitous. In the window of time that exists before then, I wanted to make a work that has protocols of meeting at its core. Nyarri’s world is only available to me to visit, and in this work through the technology; that invitation is extended to the viewer. The agency in COLLISIONS belongs to Nyarri. When I put the camera down in front of him he said, “It has sixteen eyes.” I replied that it has sixteen eyes and four ears. From that moment Nyarri become the one who decided what was seen and what was not to be seen; what was told and what was not told. The powerful sense of presence of VR makes everything personal. Nyarri knew who it was he was speaking to.” Curtis Taylor will present COLLISIONS at Māoriland. Lynette Wallworth will be in the Storytellers Tent on Saturday at 12.30pm. Come and listen to the story of creating COLLISIONS. Limited to the first 20 people. 16

“That day Nyarri saw a thing he had no words for. It would be 20 years before he heard the words atomic bomb.” Curtis Taylor

Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

MĀORILAND CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Sunday 19 March. Doors open from 7:00 pm at Māoriland Hub. R18

The Māoriland Hub is the former home of the iconic Ōtaki department store Edhouses. In 2017 the space will be transformed into a multi purpose cinema, gallery and performing arts hub that will serve as a base for the ongoing activities of Māoriland; including filmmaking workshops.

The party is brought to you by Kono of Wakatū, purveyors of indigenous kai and beverages.

We mark the beginning of the Māoriland Hub with our popular Red Carpet party and the first Māoriland Film Festival Awards. Dress up in movie star glam to walk the red carpet, and be entertained by Chocolate Box featuring Vanessa Stacey, Kirsten Te Rito and DJ Ayesha. Chocolate Box has spent 4 years building a reputation around Wellington and throughout Aotearoa, as a show not to be missed. They have recently performed at Wellington Waitangi Day celebrations, Wellington Jazz Festival, Homegrown, Tora Tora Tora, Sound Splash festivals and were the opening entertainment for New Zealand Arts Festival 2016. You are in for a night of laughter, style and a musical journey of Soul/Funk/HipHop/R&B/Jazz. Chocolate Box brings together great beats with two of New Zealand’s most popular vocalists. Tickets are $45 and will sell out! Please note: There are some fabulous hokohoko (opportunity/thrift) shops in Ōtaki. They have dresses and suits for anyone who may have forgotten to pack their own! On the night, a prize will be given to the best outfit that cost under $20! 17

NATIVE SLAM II Saturday 18 March 4:30 pm at Ngā Purapura

The filmmakers asked for it! So we are once again doing the Native Slam filmmaking challenge in the days leading up to Māoriland. Indigenous filmmakers from around the world are put in teams of three, given a budget of $800, ten rules to follow, and just 72 hours to make a short film. Last year’s NATIVE SLAM films have so far screened at five international film festivals. The aim of the Slam is to grow creative collaborations and relationships between indigenous filmmakers. Come and see the latest batch of NATIVE SLAM films. The NATIVE SLAM II has filmmakers from the Arctic, Australia, Burma, Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Canada and Aotearoa.


Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

HE WĀHI KŌRERO A PLACE TO TALK 360° INDIGENEITY: POI 360 (AOTEAROA) & INDIGI LABS (AUSTRALIA) Thursday 16 March 4:00 pm at the Civic Theatre

Poi 360 is an interactive digital documentary home for the poi. 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. In this session, Poi 360 concept creator, Lanita Ririnui-Ryan will take the audience on a behind the scenes tour of Poi 360; the kaupapa, the process and the technology. The vision of Indigi Labs is to create a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians take a lead in science, technology and digital innovation. Indigi Labs are coming to Māoriland to share some of their peoples’ 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge, along with science, technology and digital innovation in a programme called ‘From The Boomerang To The Drone.’ The Indigi Lab workshop will include learning how to fly a drone, record video content rigged to a drone, as well as provide insight into 360° VR film production.

SUNDANCE NATIVE FILM PROGRAMME EXPLAINED plus the screening of two films from Sundance 2017: SHINAAB and VISIONS OF AN ISLAND Friday 17 March 12:30 pm at the Civic Theatre

Throughout the 22 years of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program’s formal existence, it has supported more than 300 indigenous filmmakers at various stages of their projects. The program has been instrumental in the career development of Taika Waititi

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Blackhorse Lowe Diné (MFF2014, 2016), Sydney Freeland Diné (Drunktown’s Finest MFF 2015) and Sterlin Harjo Seminole/Muskogee (Mekko MFF 2016) Maya Solis from the Native American and Indigenous Film Program joins us to talk about the Sundance Institute’s grants, labs, mentorships, fellowships and, the Sundance Film Festival.


Watch films made through international joint efforts. Some of the people involved in commissioning these collaborations along with the filmmakers themselves discuss the pros and cons of this indigenous collective dream to make films.

STORYTELLING TENT 5 Rangatira Street

During the festival there will be opportunities for informal and formal discussions between filmmakers and festival participants. The chance for debate and telling stories is valuable, and we provide a unique tent environment as a paepae for the stories that people wish to share. Storytelling Tent opening hours are in the timetable. To find out what sessions are on in the tent, visit the Māoriland Hub. 19



Kiriata | Feature films

BONFIRE NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Thursday 16 March 9:00 pm Screening Venue: Ngā Purapura Screening Time: Saturday 18 March 7:45 pm Screening Venue: The Civic Theatre Running Time: 85 mins Year: 2016 Director: Dmitrii Davydov Language: Russian (English subtitles) Nation: Yakut Country: Russia Rating: M

Dmitrii Davydov brings us a remarkable debut feature film about a father’s love. Deep in the Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia, Ignat is a hardworking widower who keeps to himself and tries to do the right thing. When his son accidently kills his own cousin, Ignat’s brother Mikhail blames him for raising a killer, causing a deep rift between siblings. But when Chipmunk - a young boy who is neglected by his parents enters Ignat’s world, he finds solace in his presence and tries to teach him the things he could not give his son. BONFIRE was awarded the prize for Best Feature Film at imagineNATIVE in 2016. Director Dmitrii Davydov will in attendance.


GOD JOHOGOI NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Rating:

Friday 17 March 9:15 pm The Civic Theatre 60 mins 2016 Sergey Potapov Yakut/Russian (With English subtitles) Yakut Sakha Republic, Russia M

Every year the Sakha people celebrate the festival of summer Ysekh. This holiday celebrates the Aiyy deities and the revival of nature; it embraces ritual prayers, plenty of rich food and koumiss, dancing, folk games, and horse races. Jehegey Aiyy is a serene deity worshipped by people. Jehegey gave horses to humans, and now is the heavenly patron of horse raising. In the majority of recorded songs and legends Jehegey is a male creature, but in some of them it is feminine, and is called Sylgy Aiyhyta. According to legends it sometimes appears to people as a loudly neighing light-coloured stallion. This film about a young man named Jehegey, who comes to Ysekh on his horse from a distant ulus. Jehegey is innocent as a child, and pure as a mountain stream. It is his first time to a large national holiday. Here he will meet different people, see amazing horses and games for the strong in spirit, hear delightful singing. And it is here, at the Ysekh, where he will meet the one who seems to have emerged from his dreams‌ 22

Kiriata | Feature films

GOLDSTONE NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Rating:

Friday 17 March 8:30 pm Ngā Purapura Running Time: 110 mins 2016 Ivan Sen English Gamilaroi, Bigambal Australia M

Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. What seems like a simple light duties investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh, so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. GOLDSTONE is the sequel to MYSTERY ROAD (screened at Māoriland Film Festival in 2014). Once again, audiences will be pulled into Sen’s gritty and mysterious exploration of life in the Outback. Awarded Best screenplay, best music, best actor, best director and best film at the Aussie Film Critics Circle Awards Feb 2017.


MARA’AKAME’S DREAM NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Thursday 16 March 7:00 pm The Civic Theatre Friday 17 March 5:30 pm Ngā Purapura 90 mins 2016 Federico Cecchetti, Tsikuri Temai Huichol, Spanish (With English Subtitles) Huichol Mexico

This evocative portrait of Mexico follows Niere, a young Huichol Indian caught between his traditional culture and his youthful ambitions. On a trip to Mexico City with his father, a shaman (or Mara’akame) training his son in the art of spiritual healing, Niere only wants to perform with his rock band. But the young man’s dreams guide him down a more spiritual path of self-awakening, as the urban realities of city life blend with the mysticism of his people. Original title: El sueño del Mara´akame. MARA’AKAME’S DREAM was awarded an OJO for First or Second Mexican Feature Film in 2016.


Kiriata | Feature films

SÁMI BLOOD NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Rating:

Wednesday 15 March 8:30 pm The Civic Theatre Sunday 19 March 2:30 pm The Civic Theatre 110 mins 2016 Amanda Kernell Swedish (English Subtitles) South Sámi Sweden / Denmark / Norway 14+

Amanda Kernell’s powerful feature debut follows a teenage Sámi girl in the 1930s. Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture. SÁMI BLOOD premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days section, in which it was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label Award and the Fedeora Award for Best Debut Director. Last month it won the Dragon Prize for Best Nordic Film at the 40th Goteborg Film Festival (Europe’s largest cash prize for film) and sold out multiple screenings at the Berlin Film Festival. 25

SUN AT MIDNIGHT NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Producer: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Thursday 16 March 9:00 pm The Civic Theatre 93 mins 2016 Amos Scott English Tlicho Canada

Lia, a 16 year-old urban princess, is sent to spend the summer with her Gwich’in grandmother in a small Arctic community. Desperate to return to city life she steals a boat and sets out into the vast Northern wilderness hoping to reach the nearest town. Totally lost, she is discovered by Alfred, a Gwich’in hunter who reluctantly takes her under his wing as he navigates the massive landscape in search of caribou. When Alfred is severely wounded in a bear attack Lia pushes on and fights to save both of their lives. Winner of best performance award for lead actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs at Whistler film festival 2016. 26

Kiriata | Feature films

TANNA Screening Time: Screening Venue: Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Rating:

Thursday 16 March 7:00 pm NgÄ Purapura Sunday 19 March 5:30 pm The Civic Theatre 104 mins 2015 Martin Butler & Bentley Dean Nauvhal (with English subtitles) Yakel Tribe Vanuatu M

Filmed on the Vanuatu Island of Tanna and enacted by the Yakel tribe, TANNA tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new. Mythic in its simplicity, the film is based on a true story that took place in 1985 and carried significant ramifications for the evolution of tribal society. Directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, TANNA stars an indigenous cast who had never watched a movie and learned their craft during filming. It is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Feature Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. 27

ANGRY INUK NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Friday 17 March 7:30 pm The Civic Theatre Saturday 18 March 2:00 pm Ngā Purapura 85 mins 2016 Alethea Arnaquq-Barill English Inuk Canada

In this multi-award-winning documentary, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril sheds a powerful light on anti-seal hunting campaigns and the relevance of the hunt to the lives of the Inuit. Long a vital source of food and income for the Inuit, the seal hunt has been disrupted by high profile, international campaigns fronted by celebrities and led by well-funded animal rights organisations. The ensuing bans on seal products have caused financial devastation to northern communities, creating what the filmmaker calls the Inuit Great Depression. ANGRY INUK follows an emerging group of Inuit activists - armed with their own sense of humour and justice - as they insert themselves into the international discussion. It continues to win awards and critical acclaim including the Best Documentary Award at imagineNATIVE , Canada’s Top Ten People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival and the winner of both the Audience Award and Canadian Documentary Award at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. 28

Presented by Kono NZ

Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

COLONIZATION ROAD NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Sunday 19 March 1:00 pm Ngā Purapura 48 mins 2016 Michelle St. John English First Nations Canada

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonisation of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonise.”Awarded Best screenplay, Best music, Best actor, Best director and Best film at the Aussie Film Critics Circle Awards February 2017. 29

EVER THE LAND Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Sunday 19 March 9:30 am Ngā Purapura 90 mins 2015 Sarah Grohnert English, Te Reo Māori (With English Subtitles) Tūhoe Aotearoa

EVER THE LAND explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by Ngāi Tūhoe. For the past 150 years, the relationship between the Tūhoe Maori tribe and the New Zealand government has been defined by longstanding grievances over severe colonisation experiences such as illegal land confiscations and the devastating consequences of scorched earth policies. The film captures a period of change and tremendous foresight: Tūhoe are negotiating an apology and settlement from the Crown, and constructing an architectural gem of a community centre using radically sustainable methods. Tradition and environmentalism are brought together, and the film gives us a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride. EVER THE LAND has screened at festivals around the world.


Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

FRACTURED LAND NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Subject: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Saturday 18 12:00 pm Ngā Purapura 75 mins 2015 Caleb Behn English Eh Cho Dene, Dunne-Za/Cree Canada

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In FRACTURED LAND, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.”


MELE MURALS NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Producer: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Saturday 18 March 10:00 am The Civic Theatre 66 mins 2016 Keoni Lee English Native Hawaiian Hawaii

MELE MURALS is a feature length documentary on the transformative power of the melding of modern graffiti art with ancient Hawaiian culture and storytelling for a new generation of Hawaiians. At the center of this story are two graffiti-kings-turnedcommunity-leaders Estria & Prime; a group of Native Hawaiian charter-school youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people through mural making and community service. Directed by Tadashi Nakamura. Producer Keoni Lee and artist Estria Miyashiro will be in attendance.


Travel for Native Hawaiian filmmakers made possible by the Embassy of the United States of America, Wellington.

Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

RISE: STANDING ROCK NZ THEATRICAL PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Saturday 18 March 5:00 pm The Civic Theatre Sunday 19 March 3:00 pm Ngā Purapura 125 mins 2017 Michelle Latimer English Métis, Algonquin Canada

Travel for First Nations Canadian filmmakers supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

From the Standing Rock protests to the battle for Oak Flat, the Viceland docuseries RISE expertly investigates the ongoing environmental rights struggles that continue to be faced by Native American and indigenous citizens. Episodes, Sacred Water and Red Power are situated at Standing Rock. Unflinching and timely, these stories cannot help but be watched with a sense of melancholy as it conveys the ongoing history of native resistance to colonisation at such a sensitive point in US history. RISE is both eye-opening education and a rallying cry, inspiring audiences to get involved and truly appreciated the 500 plus year legacy of native resilience in North America. It is an essential documentation of one of the most urgent environmental and civil rights struggles happening today. Director Michelle Latimer will be in attendance. 33

THE OKA LEGACY NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Friday 17 March 5:00 pm The Civic Theatre 43 mins 2015 Sonia Bonspille Boileau English Mohawk of Kanesatake Canada

In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka, Quebec. Triggered by plans to expand a golf course on ancestral land, it was a standoff between the Mohawk people of Kanesatake, the police and eventually the army. The Oka Crisis, which lasted 78 days and drew worldwide attention, had a profound impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada. This film will show just how crucial the events of that summer were in the shaping of contemporary Canada, where every facet of society is now influenced by a strong Aboriginal presence. 34

Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

DIG IT IF YOU CAN NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Friday 17 March 5:00 pm Screening Venue: The Civic Theatre Running Time: 18 mins Year: 2016 Director: Kyle Bell Language: English Nation: Thlopthlocco/Creek Country: USA Unrated

We get up close and personal with Steven Paul Judd, the dynamic and bold 21st century renaissance man. One of the art world’s most energetic, accessible and celebrated figures, this self-taught artist’s love for pop culture and Native American art has given him a massive following. This insightful portrait shows how Judd indigenises the popular everyday to allow our young to see themselves in all aspects of life, while at the same time making his own dreams a reality through his passion and zest for life. 35

POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Rating:

Saturday 18 March 6:30 pm Ngā Purapura 96 mins 2016 Tearepa Kahi English Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hine New Zealand G

‘Poi E’, a simple song with a catchy beat released 32 years ago, has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. With humour, energy and emotion, POI E the movie is the story of how that iconic song gave pride to generations of New Zealanders. From Taika Waititi giving Stan Walker his quirky take on life in the 1980s to Pātea Māori Club members’ straight-talking and funny memories of the song’s visionary originator Dalvanius Prime, director Tearepa Kahi (MT ZION) captures a unique story that taps into the heart of the nation.


Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Screening Venue: Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country: Unrated

Sunday 19 March 11:00 am The Civic Theatre 165 mins 2016 Alanis Obomsawin English Abenaki Canada

The rights of First Nations children take centre stage in this landmark documentary, the 50th by legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE follows the historic discrimination complaint filed against the Government of Canada in 2007 by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations. Led by the tireless and determined Cindy Blackstock, the head of the Caring Society, they argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves were underfunded and inferior to those offered to other Canadian children. Obomsawin’s deft documentary lens gives us a rare and detailed glimpse into the Canadian legal system as a remarkable story of courage, conviction and justice unfolds. Audience members are invited to the Story-telling tent after the screening to discuss the film from within a New Zealand context. Bring a cushion with you! 37

ZACH’S CEREMONY NZ PREMIERE Screening Time: Thursday 16 March 9:30 am Screening Venue: The Civic Theatre Running Time: 92 mins Year: 2016 Concept Creator/ Associate Producer: Alec Doomadgee Language: English Nation: Waanyi, Garawa, Gangalidda Country: Australia Unrated

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and his ancient culture. Pressures from his loving, but staunch father, the temptations of city life and the ever present spectre of racism all take their toll. Ultimately Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.






Thursday 16 March 5:00 pm at Ngā Purapura

For the first time at Māoriland we are combining two great forms of entertainment! Bingo (or Housie) and short films! Andre is a Bingo caller from Toronto Canada who just happens to be on the board of the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. He is also a well loved stand up comic. Bring a pen!

WE ARE STILL HERE Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

5 mins 2016 Sofia Jannok English, Swedish Sámi Sweden

Past generations comment on Swedish colonialism in an elegant work by Sofia Jannok and artist Anders Sunna. The film won an award at the imagineNative Festival in Toronto in October 2016.

SHMEAT Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

6 mins 2016 Matasila Freshwater English Solomon Island Aotearoa

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.

SKATEBOARDING PANTS Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

2 mins 2015 Colton Willier English Cree, Blackfoot Canada

Colton Willier brings us this fun animation about a pair of pants that take off on a skateboard to find its owner in the laundromat. 40

Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

FAAFAITE BY PEPENA Running Time: 6 mins Year: 2016 Director: Virginie Tetoofa Language: Tahitian (with English subtitles) Nation: Tahiti Country: Tahiti

One song. Two dancers. One symbolises the traditions, through the ori Tahiti; the other symbolises the opening to the modern world. This fusion creates our heritage.

LUCKY BILLY Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Country:

5 mins 2015 Thomas Saylor English, Arrente Australia

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 grandfather 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?

DOLASTALLAT Running Time: 6 mins Year: 2016 Director: Marja Helander Language: No language Nation: Sámi Country: Finland

Referencing an old Sámi myth, we find a woman wandering through the mountains in the Kola Peninsula, a landscape marked by the mining industry. Encountering an unexpected friend, she attempts to make a hospitable offer. This is a dreamlike story which comments on ecology; past and present. 41

WAIRUA SHORTS Friday 17 March 9:30 am at The Civic Theatre Saturday 18 March 12:30 pm at The Civic Theatre

We each have a spirit or a soul that exists within us from creation, and continues without us beyond death.

AROHA Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

11 mins 2015 Nikki Si’ulepa English Samoa Aotearoa

A love story that’s not as simple as ‘boy meets girl’.

AVE MARIA Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

15 mins 2015 Basil Khalil Arabic, Hebrew, English Palestine Palestine

5 nuns in the West Bank have their daily routine of silence disrupted when a Jewish family comes knocking at their door for help.

BLUEY Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

14 mins 2016 Darlene Johnson English Dunghutti Australia

Bluey is an intense portrayal of an angry young girl who is trapped in a violent world of inner and outer turmoil. She desperately wants to break out of this cycle but doesn’t know how. One day she meets a mystery mentor, and for the first time, Bluey plunges into the depths of her own being. 42

Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

LAND MEMORIES: STARLIGHT TOURS Running Time: 3 mins Year: 2015 Director: Scott Benesiinaabandan Language: No dialogue Nation: Anishinaabe Country: Canada

Visual exploration of the psychic memories and histories located within the land and spaces we occupy.

SMOKE THAT TRAVELS Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2016 Kayla Briet English Prairie Band Potawatomi USA

Through language, dance, music and the history of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, Kayla Briet claims her family’s story and expresses her and her father’s beliefs as a smoke signal to the world.

WOMAN WITHOUT MANDOLIN Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

5 mins 2015 Fabiano Mixo English Brazilian Brazil

This award-winning film powerfully confronts the colonial gaze found in European art. Using Picasso’s Girl with Mandolin as a platform, director Fabiano Mixo places a strong woman as the focal point within the fractured confines of the Cubist style, redirecting the colonial lens.


WHENUA SHORTS Friday 17 March 11:00 am at The Civic Theatre Saturday 18 March 9:30 pm at Ngā Purapura

Land is the giver of life. We are of the land and return to it. We hold the land in trust for our children.

ATTE MUNJE SANI SAJI Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

3 mins 2017 Sara Margrethe Oskal Sámi Sámi Norway

In this music video a young Sámi artist Emma Elliane raps in her mother tongue and gives a clear message about the greed that threatens nature and people all around the world.

BLACKBIRD Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2015 Amie Batalibasi English Solomon Islands Australia

Solomon Islanders Kiko and Rosa are part of the untold story of Australia’s Sugar Slaves in the late 1800s. Both were kidnapped from their Pacific island home and forced to work on a sugarcane plantation, Kiko finds that he is faced with unimaginable loss and grief for his homeland, and his need to be free.

THIS IS MY LAND Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

6 mins 2016 Sofia Jannok Swedish, English Sápmi Sweden

A song by Sofia Jannok speaks out on the conquest of the Land of the Sámi. 44

NgÄ Kiriata Poto | Short films

GODS ACRE Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

15 mins 2016 Kelton Stepanowich English MĂŠtis Canada

Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling, powerful film about a man determined to protect his land at all cost. As the water slowly rises in a frighteningly familiar scenario, the man must choose to abandon all that he knows or give in to the rising tide.

THE DUST BOWL Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

4 mins 2016 Lisa Jackson English Anishinaabe Canada

Exploring the devastation of the 1930s, Lisa Jackson shapes amateur-shot archival film from a South Dakota town and audio interviews of residents who lived through the Great Depression to craft a moving and powerful allegory of contemporary financial corruption.

TIKIX823 Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

17 mins 2016 Jason Taouma Samoan, Chinese Samoan Aotearoa

A Samoan Language Sci-fi story that deals with issues of identity, family and guilt.


WHĀNAU SHORTS Thursday 16 March 2:00 pm at The Civic Theatre

Family comes in many shapes, but where there is love there is family.

MARIA Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2016 Jeremiah Tauamiti Samoan, English Samoa Aotearoa

An ailing Polynesian matriarch must find the strength to lead her family one last time.

THE PROMISE OF PIHA Running Time: 15 mins Year: 2015 Director: Hanelle Harris Language: English, Samoan Nation: Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao Country: Aotearoa

A young Samoan man has been chosen as the next leader of his community, but first he must confess his true desire. Does the truth really set you free?

THE WAY HOME Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2015 Begonia Randhav Arabic, English, Swedish Arab, Swedish Sweden

After escaping a deadly war, Sabah and a part of her family end up at the hospital in Sweden. Her mother is sick and her little brother confused. When Sabah finds out that their plea for asylum has been rejected she must make a choice: Return to the war with her family, or escape to live as an undocumented migrant in a foreign country.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

TWO STEPS BEHIND Running Time: 8 mins Year: 2015 Director: Onehou Strickland Language: English Nation: Ngāti Awa, Pahipoto, Kuki Airani Country: Aotearoa

Pressures from the world they lived in causes Chris to think twice about older brother Mana and himself. Whether he lets this rule their brotherhood will see the course of his life change forever.

WAIT Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

14 mins 2015 Yamin Tun Mandarin, English Burma Aotearoa

A migrant mother in Auckland is abandoned by her cheating husband. Left alone with her three children in a world of cultural distance and loneliness, she gradually begins to break down, and it is her young daughter who must bring her back.


WHAKAPAPA SHORTS Thursday 16 March 12:00 pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday 19 March 11:30 am at Ngā Purapura

I am proud of my small place on the family tree of everything.

AKA’OU: TATATAU IN THE COOK ISLANDS Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

3 mins 2016 Robert George English Cook Island Māori Aotearoa

Croc Coulter teaches his new apprentice the art of Tātatau. In order for the traditional practice to continue, the knowledge must be passed down.

CREE CODE TALKER Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

14 mins 2016 Alexandra Lazarowich Cree, English Cree Canada

During the Second World War, the Allied Forces utilised indigenous language speakers to transmit coded messages that could not be broken. The contribution of Charles “Checker” Tomkins is revealed in this short documentary.

EMPTY SPACES Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2015 Erin Lau English Hawaii USA

Empty Spaces focuses on introverted widow, Mayumi, who continues to carry out her daily routine in order to cope with her loss and loneliness. But once her constructed world starts to crumble, she finally forced to confront the truth of her husband’s death. 48

Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

FORGOTTEN DAWN CHILDREN Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

2015 Joshua Iosefo English Samoa Aotearoa

The 1970s dawn raids was a shameful time in New Zealand’s history. Years have passed but it continues to haunt those affected.

THE LEGEND OF TE ANEPA Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

1 min 35 2015 Virginie Tetoofa Tahitian (English subtitles) Tahiti Tahiti

The legend behind one of the biggest rocks raised in the sea facing the beach of Papenoo, ”Te Anepa”.

UNDER TWO SKIES Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2016 Suvi West Finland, English Sápmi Finland

The importance of the roots of love and having to move between two cultures.

WAPAWEKKA Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

16 mins 2010 Danis Goulet English, Cree Cree, Métis Canada

Hip hop artist Josh would rather be anywhere than with his dad on a final trip to their isolated cabin. But the growing gap between them triggers the pull of a much greater force. 49

imagineNATIVE SHORTS Saturday 18 March 3:00 pm at the Civic Theatre Sunday 19 March 5:30 pm at Ngā Purapura

Films from the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the largest indigenous film festival on the planet

SNIP Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

15 mins 2016 Terril Calder English Métis Canada

SNIP cuts up colonial Canadian histories by telling a story of survival amidst the country’s genocide of Indigenous children. Annie and Gordon travel back in time to save Charlie and Niska, trapped in a nightmare reality designed to eradicate their culture.

THIS RIVER Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

18 mins 2016 Katherena Vermette, Erika Macpherson English Métis Canada

When the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from the waters of Winnipeg’s Red River wrapped in a garbage bag in 2014, a group of volunteers established Drag the Red, an initiative to trawl the river in search of evidence of other missing indigenous women.

7 MINUTES Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

7 mins 2016 Tasha Hubbard English Cree Canada

Marie’s walk from her university library to her home is an even seven minutes. One night she is followed by a man who tries to get her into his van. Marie’s story speaks to the threat indigenous women confront on a daily basis. 50

Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

POLAR SUN Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

12 mins 2016 Katie Avery English Inupiaq USA

After the tragic death of Sondra’s sister, her young niece, Raven, comes to live with her. As they both struggle through their grief she turns to the Inupiat stories as a source of guidance for them both.


Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

8 mins 2016 Pearl Salas English Xicana, Yaqui, Navajo USA

A young woman recounts the story of the Coco Man, an entity that haunts her. When terror continues into adulthood, a medicine woman tells her she has “susto”, a fear in her life that she must confront. Gripping and unsettling, the woman’s truth is much more terrifying that the fear of an imaginary boogeyman.


Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

10 mins 2016 Caroline Monnet French, Innu (subtitled) Algonquin Canada

The only railway in Canada owned by indigenous people, the Tshiuetin is a lifeline for the people who call this land home and a source of pride for all who ride this historic line.


Running Time: Year: Director: Language: Nation: Country:

13 mins 2015 Gail Maurice English Métis Canada

Assini is a rambunctious 7-year-old girl who doesn’t realise she’s an Indian. This is her story of self-discovery and self-acceptance. 51


11:15 - 12:30

15:00 - 17:00




DAY 2 RAPARE / THUR 16 MARCH 09:30 - 11:30

12:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 15:00


WHAKAPAPA SHORTS from around the world

WHĀNAU SHORTS from around the world

09:30 - 11:00

11:15 - 13:15


13:30 - 14:30 ANIMATED SHORTS (Schools)

MELE MURALS (Hawaii) & DIG IT IF YOU CAN (USA) (Schools)


DAY 3 RAMERE / FRI 17 MARCH 09:30 - 10:45

11:00 - 12:00

12:30 - 13:30

14:40 - 13:30

WAIRUA SHORTS from around the world

WHENUA SHORTS from around the world

SUNDANCE NATIVE PROGRAMME EXPLAINED plus the Screening of Shinaab & Visions of an Island

THE COLLECTIVE EFFORT: Kōrero and films from the Native Slam, Embargo & the Arctic Circle

09:30 - 10:30

10:45 - 12:00

12:15 - 13:15


COMING OF AGE SHORTS (Schools - Yr 10+)


09:30 - 10:30

10:45 - 12:00

12:15 - 13:15




DAY 4 RAHOROI / SAT 18 MARCH 10:00 - 12:00

12:30 - 13:45

15:00 - 16:30

MELE MURALS (Hawaii) Filmmaker and Artist in Attendence

WAIRUA SHORTS from around the world

imagineNATIVE SHORTS (Canada)

09:30 - 11:00

12:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 16:00

WHENUA SHORTS from around the world



10:00 - 12:00

12:30 - 14:30



DAY 5 RATAPU / SUN 19 MARCH 11:00 - 14:00

14:30 - 16:00


SÁMI BLOOD (Sweden) 14+

09:30 - 11:00

11:30 - 12:30

13:00 - 14:30


WHAKAPAPA SHORTS from around the world




NGA PURAPURA - 145 Tasman Rd

MĀORILAND HUB - 68 Main Street


STORYTELLING TENT - 5 Rangatira Street


GREENFIELD at Te Kura ā Iwi Whakatupuranga Rua Mano - 143 Tasman Road

17:45 - 19:15

20:30 - 22:00


SÁMI BLOOD (Sweden) 14+

17:00 - 19:30

20:30 - 22:00



16:00 - 17:30

19:00 - 20:30

21:00 - 22:30

360° INDIGENEITY : POI 360 (Aotearoa) & INDIGI LABS (Australia)



15:30 - 16:30

17:00 - 18:30

19:00 - 20:45

21:00 - 22:30


BINGO SHORTS Short films with a game of bingo in between each film!

TANNA (Vanuatu) PG

BONFIRE (Yakutia, Russia) M Filmmaker in attendance

17:00 - 19:00

19:30 - 21:00

21:15 - 22:15




13:30 - 14:30

17:30 - 19:00

20:30 - 22:00



GOLDSTONE (Australia) M

13:30 - 14:30

15:30 - 16:45



17:00 - 19:00

19:45 - 22:00

RISE: STANDING ROCK Filmmaker in attendance

BONFIRE (Yakutia) Director in attendance

16:30 - 18:00

18:30 - 20:15

20:30 - 22:30


POI E (Aotearoa)


15:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 19:00



17:30 - 19:00

19:00 - 00:30

TANNA (Vanuatu) PG


15:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 19:00


imagineNATIVE SHORTS (Canada)


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