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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 He Huatau - From the Festival Director 6  He Huatau - From the Chair of Māoriland Charitable Trust 7 Kaitūao and Kaihāpai - Our Support Crew 8 Te Taiao - The Natural World 9 Ngā Tīkiti - Ticketing Info 10 Te Huarahi Mai - Travel Info 11 Map 12 Ngā Aho Nui - Special Events 20 Ngā Kiriata - Feature Films 26 Pakipūmeka - Documantaries 36 Ngā Kiriata Poto - Short Films 60 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. Supporting Partners

Ngā hoa tautoko katoa!


HEI WHAKAKITENGA THE DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS CINEMA 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. Created by Åsa Simma (Sámi), with Darlene Johnson (Dunghutti). Accepted at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino, Sápmi, October 2011.


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.


HE HUATAU - FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Kia ora nau mai haere mai ki Ōtaki. Māoriland is 5 years old! We can’t believe the years have gone so fast. And yet like many creative ideas the Māoriland Film Festival didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. About 15 years ago I was working on a television project involving some of the earliest film shot in New Zealand in the early 1900’s. One of the films had as its end frame the words that appear on the front of this programme: ‘The Town of Ōtaki, home of Māoriland Films and the Los Angelos (sic) of New Zealand’s Moving Picture industry.’ That film was made in Ōtaki nearly 100 years ago and featured many of my relatives of Ngāti Raukawa. I printed that frame and put it on my fridge. Over the years I came to reflect often on the possibilities of Ōtaki becoming a film hub. It was my cousin Pat and his wife Tania who urged me to create the Māoriland Film Festival. They wanted to be able to see the films by Māori and other indigenous filmmakers that I had been seeing at overseas festivals. They especially wanted to be able to share our Ōtaki hometown with film makers and film lovers from around the world. The MFF would not have been created without Pat and Tania, my husband Tainui and our niece Maddy. In 2014 the five of us started Māoriland. We scraped together some money and purchased the “Piri Pod” - our treasured caravan that was to be our roving billboard and ticket office. In 2015 our ticket office was a small room next to the Civic Theatre. In 2016 we worked out of a slightly bigger office in Ōtaki Village. And in 2017, we rented the iconic Edhouse’s building. This huge space was a most successful headquarters and base for the festival and its growing list of activities. The Māoriland Charitable Trust was formed to raise funds and purchase the building, and the sale was completed in October 2017. It is now operating as the Māoriland Hub - a multi purpose Cinema and Arts space. I’m proud to say that despite the pressures of growing a film festival from very few resources, the founding five members of Māoriland remain at the helm - a little older and wearier, but still committed to the kaupapa of bringing indigenous filmmakers and their films from Aotearoa and around the world to Ōtaki.


I wish to thank every member of our community both local and global who have supported us to get this far. We have a small army of Kaitūao and Kaihāpai who we couldn’t do without. The MFF and now the Māoriland Hub are a celebration of native stories, language and culture. I also acknowledge all the filmmakers who have given so much of themselves to make the MFF such a warm and beautiful festival. We dedicate our 5th birthday festival celebration to you all. We can’t wait to see what happens next! Mauriora ki a tātou katoa Libby


HE HUATAU - FROM THE CHAIR OF MĀORILAND CHARITABLE TRUST Tēnā koe e hoa, Ka karanga atu ki ngā mana o te pō, tūāuriuri whāioio: hoki wairua mai. Ka karanga atu ki ngā mana o te ao tūroa: nau piki mai, nau kake mai ki Ōtaki. Kei aku raNgātira, kei ngā karangamaha puta i te motu, tēnā koutou katoa. This current era of ‘fake news’ and the real-time digital connections of half the world’s population is the latest example of the capacity of stories to sway entire countries. Yet people everywhere have a hunger for stories that tell the truths they suspect are denied them. In this era, Indigenous filmmakers are more numerous, skilled, and successful. We remain committed to telling stories that our families, tribes, communities and nations need to see. Māoriland was born of the resolve to share Indigenous films with our iwi and community. This included Māori films and those created by an impressive array of Indigenous filmmakers worldwide, many of whom are at Māoriland this year. We welcome film storytellers from Sápmi, from Turtle Island, from Country, from Pasifika, from Aotearoa Te Waipounamu and from other mountains and oceans. Whakatau mai rā. We especially welcome you. You have chosen to be here and we are grateful for that. Welcome to the provocative and uplifting world of Indigenous film. Mauriora ki a tātou. Tainui Stephens


KAITŪAO AND KAIHĀPAI - OUR SUPPORT CREW Many worthwhile endeavours and initiatives simply would not exist without the support of our community - they are our support crew. They help to set up venues and facilities for guests and filmgoers. They organise ticketing and the sale of merchandise. They provide transport and home-made baking. We greatly appreciate their efforts. Tēnā koutou katoa e ngā hoa haumi. Our support crew is known as Kaitūao and can be seen wearing the red t-shirts. Our Kaihāpai also wear red t-shirts. They are students from the Māori language schools in our community. Their task is to look after the needs of the audiences in all our venues. They will inform filmgoers of safety matters as well as any notices of importance. They too are giving their free time to serve you and our kaupapa. Tēnā hoki koutou rangatahi mā. We are proud of our Kaitūao and our Kaihāpai. They represent our community with pride and your best interests. Feel free to ask them about the festival or Ōtaki. Ko rātou ko te whakatinanahanga ake o te kōrero rā ‘Mā pango, mā whero e oti ai te mahi.’


TE TAIAO THE NATURAL WORLD The Māoriland Charitable Trust is actively committed to highlighting environmental issues and sustainability of the natural world about us. We understand the impact the Māoriland Film Festival has on our town, and believe this is a shared responsibility. We are committed to the reduction of waste. There will be no ‘single serving’ containers including plastic bags. We will compost organic matter, recycle and reuse paper, metal, plastic and glass. Bins are located around venues and the township. Please make an effort to dispose of waste properly by following the signs. Hydration stations are signposted and available for the refilling of non-single use containers. Come along and see a living compost system functioning outside the Māoriland Hub. We encourage you to deposit your food scraps (no meat please!), biodegradable plates, and cutlery. These actions encourage nutrient recycling and enhance the growth of our food. What you can do: • Bring your own keep cup and reusable water bottle (there may be a surcharge for takeaway cups during the festival). • Support our local second-hand shops and purchase a keep cup from them. • Always separate your waste into compost, landfill and recycling - follow the detailed signs. • Bring your own bag. Plastic bags are never fully biodegradable. If you have to use them then reuse them over and over. • Ask food vendors for compostable plates and cutlery. • Visit the Para Kore booth at the Hub and learn more about waste management. • When possible, purchase local organic food and beverage options. • Please take your rubbish home with you. Thank you. • Provide feedback. Share your thoughts and your experiences during the festival and how this contributes to less waste diverted to the landfill.


Ngā Tīkiti | Ticketing Info



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In Person: Māoriland Film Festival Hub, 68 Main Street Ōtaki. From February 15, Ticket Office hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday Festival Week - March 21 - 24 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday, Sunday closed Door Sales available at all venues. Manuwhiri 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 16th March 6 pm at the latest, to secure 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. • If 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. Manuwhiri and Filmmaker Passes can be collected from the Manuwhiri desk at the Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki. Manuwhiri and Filmmaker Passes can be collected from the Manuwhiri desk at the Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki.


TE HUARAHI MAI TRAVEL INFORMATION Ōtaki is located on the Kāpiti Coast, 80 km from Wellington Airport. Public transport on the Kāpiti Coast is limited so it can be handy to have your own vehicle. There are no parking meters in Ōtaki! Alternatively, the train from Wellington to Ōtaki is a one-hour long scenic trip that 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. From Waikanae, the 290 bus will take you to through to Ōtaki. The bus leaves Waikanae for Ōtaki’s Main St five times daily. Check the timetable link below for more information. Useful links:


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NGĀ AHO NUI SPECIAL EVENTS PŌWHIRI Wednesday 21 March 10:00am at Raukawa Marae The pōwhiri and formal welcome to filmmakers, manuwhiri and official guests of MFF2018 will take place at Raukawa Marae. Guests who are unfamiliar with marae protocols will be given guidance prior to the welcome.

OPENING OF MĀORILAND RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday 21 March 11:15 am at Raukawa Marae Ngā Pakiaka is excited to introduce the second Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival, a three day event within Māoriland that has been programmed by youth for youth. See page 10 for more information.

TE MATATOKI CARVING VILLAGE Wednesday 21 March 3:30pm at Te Matatoki Carving Village (Raukawa Street behind the Māoriland Hub) The art of Māori carving is alive and vibrant. Te Matatoki is a group of some of the best of our artists working in wood. They include former students of the renowned NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. Te Matatoki carvers are passionate and committed to maintaining the quality and integrity of Māori art. Te Matatoki carvers at Māoriland include: Todd Couper, Dan Couper, Lewis Gardner, Fayne Robinson, Ian‑Wayne Grant, Simon Lardelli, Hemi Sundgren and Whare Joseph Thompson. We encourage festival guests to visit these superb artists in action.

MĀORILAND KEYNOTE ADDRESS Wednesday 21 March, 6:30pm at Rangiātea Church Every year, we feature a keynote presentation by a senior and respected storyteller. These keynote kōrero are designed to reveal the history and power of stories: whether they be told in film or with any of the other platforms now available to us. The historic Rangiātea Church is a stunning venue for the entertaining and meaningful words offered by our keynote presenters. 12

Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

OUTDOOR SCREENING: WHALE RIDER Saturday 24 March 8:30pm, Green Field next to Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano (Free entry, no ticket required) Year: 2002 Director: Niki Caro Country: Aotearoa Rating: PG Set in the East Coast town of Whāngārā, Whale Rider tells the tale of a young Māori girl, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), who challenges tradition and embraces the past in order to find the strength to lead her people forward. Directed and written by Niki Caro, the film is based on Witi Ihimaera’s novel The Whale Rider. It became one of the most successful and acclaimed New Zealand films released internationally. Keisha was nominated for an Academy Award. It also won audience choice awards at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. “ ... this is not a simplistic fable but the story of real people living in modern times.” – Roger Ebert in a Chicago Star-Times review, 20 June 2003 13

MĀORILAND RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL The Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival (MRFF) is an opportunity for young people to watch Indigenous films from around the world that will excite, educate and inspire them. The MRFF is programmed by Ngā Pakiaka, a committee of young Māori filmmakers from around Aotearoa. The roots of a tree are its life source, they carry food and water to the branches and leaves and give it life. The name Ngā Pakiaka means ‘The Roots’. We believe that through not only our Festival but through our outlook on life as rangatahi filmmakers, we will be able to supply other aspiring filmmakers and storytellers with tools and knowledge to thrive in the filmmaking world and continue strongly along their pathways.

OPENING OF THE RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL Wednesday 21 March, 11:15am - 12:30pm at Raukawa Marae

RANGATAHI WORKSHOP Wednesday 21 March, 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Māoriland Hub

E TŪ WHĀNAU RANGATAHI FILM AWARDS Thursday 22 March, 9:30 - 11:30pm at Ngā Purapura The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards are a celebration of rangatahi made films. Entries to the awards will be screened during this session.

KAYAK TO KLEMTU Thursday 22 March, 11:45am - 1:20pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2017 Director: Zoe Hopkins Language: English Nation: Mohawk Country: Canada When Dave Ellis (Evan Adams), a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activis passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) makes it her mission to take his ashes home to Klemtu and to stand against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers through their beloved homeland waters.

NGĀ KĀKANO SHORTS Thursday 22 March, 1:40 - 2:40pm at Ngā Purapura This shorts programme features animated films from around the world. 14

Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

NGĀ PEKAPEKA SHORTS Friday 23 March, 9:30 - 11:30am at Ngā Purapura This shorts programme features films for older youth from around the world. Recommended for rangatahi aged 13 and up.

THROUGH OUR LENS Friday 23 March, 11:45am - 1:15pm at Ngā Purapura International Premiere In 2017, Māoriland took 14 rangatahi filmmakers to the Pacific to work with their peers in each Island nation. Over 5 weeks, 9 films were made in the nations of Samoa, Hawai’i, Rarotonga and Tahiti.

NGĀ TŌTARA SHORTS Friday 23 March, 1:30 - 2:45pm at Ngā Purapura This shorts programme features films for rangatahi of all ages from around the world.

KO TE AO KIRIATA TE ARA MŌ TE AO HOU The filmmaking world is the pathway to the new world.


NATIVE MINDS When filmmakers gather to screen and share their work, they also need to talk about what they do and why. A storyteller is always alert to the tenor of the times in which they function. If they are honest, they are also always alert to their own motivations and actions. To discuss the point and the art of film is an ongoing process for filmmakers who wish to stay relevant. Come and share in the kind of provocative and enlightening ideas that give enduring power and meaning to Indigenous cinema.

I LOVE THAT SCENE! Saturday 24 March, 10:00 - 11:00am at the MÄ oriland Hub Filmmakers share stories and scenes from their favourite movies. An exploration of delicious morsels of great cinema that have ignited and inspired us to make films.


Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

MY FILM, MY LANGUAGE Saturday 24 March, 11:30am - 12:30pm at the Māoriland Hub Indigenous languages everywhere face extinction because of suppression and disinterest. How does a filmmaker’s native language inform the way a film is made?

IT’S OUR LENS NOW Saturday 24 March, 1:30 - 2:30pm at the Māoriland Hub Women bring their own perspective to cinema storytelling. What can be done to amplify the Indigenous women’s voice in filmmaking?

DISRUPTOR OR COLLABORATOR? Saturday 24 March, 3:00 - 4:00pm at the Māoriland Hub Filmmaking is a team effort that usually involves working with non-Indigenous crew and creatives. What is the best way to work with Pākehā?

THE ACTIVE POLITICAL FRAME Saturday 24 March, 4:30 - 5:30pm at the Māoriland Hub Film has the power to change a society when people see compelling truths that demand personal action. Is political evolution possible through random acts of filmmaking?










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NATIVE SLAM III Saturday 24 March 4:30 - 6:00pm at NgÄ Purapura In the days leading up to the MFF2018 filmmakers from different indigenous nations collaborate in a 72 hour film challenge. This is an opportunity for experienced film storytellers to combine their creative talents and make a short film. The results of their work feature in this screening. Previous Native Slam films have been chosen to screen at film festivals around the world.


Ngā Aho Nui | Special Events

MĀORILAND RED CARPET PARTY Sunday 25 March 8:30 pm til late at the Māoriland Hub No Film Festival is complete without a chance to socialise and celebrate. Our Red Carpet Parties are well known for offering a classy and cool night out. This year we are thrilled to be able to welcome our musical performing artists from Australia. They are a spine-tingling act and will amaze the Red Carpet Party guests. Performing at this years Red Carpet Party is multi award-winning ELECTRIC FIELDS. Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross combine modern electric-soul music with ancient Indigenous culture. Singing in Pitjantjatjara and English, Electric Fields bridges cultures and identities. Their powerful live show has won them fans in Australia, China, Edinburgh and the USA. 19



Kiriata | Feature films

BIRKEBEINERNE THE LAST KING Wednesday March 21, 8:30 - 10:15pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday March 25, 5:30 - 7:15pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2016 Director: Nils Gaup Language: Norwegian Nation: Sámi Country: Norway Rating: R16 In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King’s illegitimate infant son Håkon Håkonsson, who half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. When assassins discover the baby’s whereabouts his guardians flee with their future king. With breathtaking scenery, The Last King features incredible fight sequences on skis, hurtling down mountains with baby in arms. This film will have you gripping your seat!


MALIGLUTIT THE SEARCHERS Sunday 25 March, 12:00 - 2:00pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2016 Director: Zacharias Kunuk Language: Inukititut Nation: Inuk Country: Canada Rating: M Nunavut, circa 1913. Kuanana returns from a caribou hunt to discover his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the rest of his family slaughtered. His father’s spirit helper, the loon Kallulik, sets him on course to overturn fate and reunite his family.


Kiriata | Feature films

ONE THOUSAND ROPES Saturday March 24, 2:30 -4:30pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2017 Director: Tusi Tamasese Language: English Nation: Samoa Country: Aotearoa Rating: M One Thousand Ropes is a powerful character drama of a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. She arrives vulnerable: badly beaten and heavily pregnant. He struggles on one hand, with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life to take revenge in the way he knows best, Â and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life. One Thousand Ropes is a deeply moving film about connections, redemption and new beginnings.


OFELAŠ - PATHFINDER Saturday 24 March, 2:00 - 3:45pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 1987 Director: Nils Gaup Language: Sámi Nation: Sámi Country: Norway Rating: M 31 years after its premiere, we will raise the curtains for the very first Sámi feature film – Nils Gaup’s intense action adventure. Set on the Finnmarksvidda plateau, OFELAŠ/PATHFINDER follows Aigin, a young Sámi hunter who sees his family massacred by Chudes, a tribe from the East. Aigin swears revenge, but to save other Sámi who have fled to the coast, he must become a guide and pathfinder for the Chudes on a dangerous path through a rugged winter landscape. Inspired by Sámi oral storytelling, Nils Gaup’s debut feature was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and has become a milestone in Norwegian film history.


Kiriata | Feature films

WARU Thursday 22 March, 8:00 - 10:00pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2017 Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui SimichPene Language: English Nation: Māori Country: Aotearoa Rating: M Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten-minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follows one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community. This screening will be followed with an extended Q&A.




Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

AFTER THE APOLOGY Saturday 24 March, 10:00am - 12:00pm at The Civic with Extended Q&A Sunday 25 March, 1:45 - 3:30pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2017 Director: Larissa Behrendt Language: English Nation: Eualeyai/Kamillaroi Country: Australia Rating: PG Indigenous child removal has increased at an exponential rate since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. Hazel started GMAR as a response to the rising rates of child removal and along the way she has been joined by families across Australia in the battle to bring the kids home. Together they are not only taking on the system, they are changing it.

With short film HOLY ANGELS Year: 2017 Director: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve Language: English Nation: Cree, Métis Country: Canada On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Holy Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels.


DEFENDING THE FIRE Friday 23 March, 5:30 - 7:00pm at NgÄ Purapura Year: 2017 Director: David Aubrey Producer: Jhane Meyers Language: English Nation: Commanche and Blackfeet American Indian Country: USA The Native American Warrior has been a focus of Native and NonNative interest since the time of early petroglyphs. The perception of the Warrior has been communicated through books, lore, television and film as a stoic fighter, and savage aggressor, one who retaliated for lost lands, and the constant enemy of the white rancher or soldier. Rarely has the Warrior been seen outside the Indian world with the more accurate recognition of the reluctant fighter, seeking to defend and protect a culture and lands, against all odds.


Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

INDICTMENT: THE CRIMES OF SHELLY CHARTIER Thursday 22 March, 7:45 - 9:00pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2017 Director: Shane Belcourt (Métis), Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe) Language: English Country: Canada Rating: PG A riveting true story about the crimes of Shelly Chartier, a reclusive young woman from a small Manitoba First Nation who captivated the press and made international headlines. Sensationalised in the media as a high profile catfishing case involving an NBA superstar and an aspiring model, Shelly was portrayed as a master manipulator who used social media as her weapon. Through the sensitive and intelligent lens of directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, the sensationalism is swept aside to reveal a much more compelling - and complex - story of a young woman caught in historical circumstances beyond her control and how she struggles to rebuild her life after incarceration. With in-depth access to Shelly, Indictment unpacks the crime and raises important questions about our justice system.


KUUN METSÄN KAISA KAISA’S ENCHANTED FOREST Saturday 24 March, 7:45 - 9:30pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday 25 March, 2:30 - 4:00pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2016 Director: Katja Gauriloff Language: French, Skolt Sámi, English, German, Finnish Nation: Sámi Country: Finland Rating: PG After a life of ill health, the young Swiss author Robert Crottet feels a calling to go to the Arctic and meet the people of the North. He is welcomed by the Skolt Sámi – and is mesmerized by the richness of their oral traditions, especially the unique storytelling gift of the lively matriarch Kaisa Gauriloff. After being acknowledged by the forest, he is permitted to record the stories and legends as told by Kaisa. These hypnotizing tales are illustrated with delightful storybook-style animation that intertwines with Robert’s biographical impressions as well as grim historical events around them. The war had an appalling impact on the Skolt Sámis’ lives and lands, and no matter how resilient they were, they could not salvage all of their ancient practices. Kaisa’s great-granddaughter Katja Gauriloff directs this film as a portrayal of Robert’s poetic admiration of Kaisa and her enchanted world. 30

Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

MAJ DORIS Saturday 24 March, 12:30 - 2:00pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2018 Director: Jon Blåhed Producer: Göran Hedemalm Language: Saami, Swedish with English Subtitles Nation: Saami Country: Sweden, Norway Maj Doris’ is a documentary that follows the 74-year-old legendary Sámi woman Maj Doris Rimpi. Twenty years ago she had another kind of life. She travelled all around the world and she experienced a lot. Nowadays Maj Doris lives alone on a farm above the arctic circle in Sweden. She keeps reindeers but she’s also a sought-after artist, painter and actress (e.g. Sámi Blood 2016). Last winter was filled with hard work and she almost gave up. This winter Maj Doris gets help in an unexpected way, but does she have the energy to continue like this?


MANKILLER Friday 23 March, 11:30am - 1:00pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday 25 March, 4:00 - 5:30pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2017 Director: Valerie Red-Horse Mohl Language: English Nation: Cherokee Country: USA This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless.  And yet few people know her name.  This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal Chief in 1985.   MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller and reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful film. MANKILLER reminds audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wake-up call to take action for positive change. 32

Pakipūmeka | Documentaries

OUT OF STATE Saturday 24 March, 6:30 - 8:15pm at Ngā Purapura Sunday 25 March, 6:00 - 7:30pm at The Civic Theatre Year: 2017 Director: Ciara Lacy Language: English Nation: Native Hawaiian Country: United States Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their Indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It’s from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?


RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD Thursday 22 March, 9:00 - 11:00pm at The Civic Theatre Friday 23 March, 8:30 -10:30pm at Ngā Purapura Year: 2016 Directors: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana Executive Producers: Stevie Salas (Apache), Tim Johnson Language: English Country: Canada When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression.” Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray’s music was a threat—and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of Indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist. Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You’ll never listen to your favourite rock and roll classics the same way again. 34

PakipĹŤmeka | Documentaries

TUNNIITT: RETRACING THE LINES OF INUIT TATTOOS Sunday 25 March, 10:30 - 11:30am at The Civic Theatre Year: 2016 Directors: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril Language: English Nation: Inuk Country: Canada A young woman is on a journey to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing. Inuit tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril struggles to find out all she can before she is tattooed herself. She has met serious resistance from some of her fellow Inuit. However, a number of brave elders are willing to talk about the tattoos and the massive and sudden cultural changes that caused their decline.




Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

BINGO SHORTS Thursday 22 March, 6:00 - 7:45pm at Ngā Purapura. Rating: M Provoking stories from around the globe combined with the tension and fun of bingo!

RAVEN Year: 2017 Director: Razelle Benally Language: English Nation: Oglala Lakota/Dine’ Country: USA A woman contemplates suicide but decides that her life is worth living after all.

BROWN LIPS Year: 2017 Director: Nakkiah Lui Language: English Nation: Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander Country: Australia A family falls apart and two lives change forever, as two cousins turn their backs on their family for good.

LADY EVA Year: 2017 Director: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson Producer: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu Language: English and Tongan Nation: Kanaka Maoli Country: Tonga Meet Eva Baron, a young transgender woman on a journey to become her true self.

MEKE Year: 2017 Director: Tim Worrall Language: English Nation: Ngāi Tūhoe Country: Aotearoa The relationship between fighter and coach is threatened moments before a big fight.

SUNDAY FUNDAY Year: 2017 Director: Dianna Fuemana Language: English Nation: Niue, Mutalau- Amerika Samoa, Pago Pago Country: Aotearoa A teenagers fantasy and a solo mums reality collide, leaving both to grapple a system that doesn’t know how they fit in. 37

BRAVE NEW LENS Friday 23 March, 7:30 - 9:00pm at The Civic Theatre Rating: PG13 A selection of short films by our upcoming rangatahi filmmakers.

BLACK DOG Year: 2016 Director: Awa Puna Language: English Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu Country: Aotearoa Aotearoa has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and every year, the suicide rate of men is significantly higher than for women. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s time to confront the Black Dog.

DANCE OF LONELY BIRDS Year: 2016 Director: Ana Scotney, Ella Gilbert Language: English Nation: Ngāi Tūhoe Country: Aotearoa The promise of the night time, where expectations are high. The full-bodied euphoria of letting loose on the dance floor, the tenderness of intimate moments shared amidst chaos, the longing for connection, the harsh loneliness of feeling like an outsider and the ultimately healing love of female friendship.

DEAR LITTLE BROTHER Year: 2017 Director: Benji Timu Language: English Nation: Samoa, Kuki Airani Country: Aotearoa Dear Little Brother is a heartfelt message from an older brother to his little brother on the cusp of his teenage years.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

NATALIE Year: 2017 Director: Qianna Titore Language: English Nation: Ngāpuhi Country: Aotearoa A Māori girl receives a precious waiata composed by her deceased grandfather.

SOCK MESS MONSTER Year: 2017 Director: Nikau Wi Neera Language: English Nation: Ngāti Toa Rangātira Country: Aotearoa It has been many years since the Socktober Revolution that shook the Sock Nation. When young Jesse finds himself haunted by ‘the Gumboot Dream’, he seeks out the mighty Piotr with the hope of defeating this curse once and for all.

WAITING Year: 2017 Director: Amberley Jo Aumua Language: English Nation: Ngāti Hauā & Samoa Country: Aotearoa Two boys wait outside a dairy for a phone call.


STORIES OF THE ENDURING SPIRIT Saturday 24 March, 5:00 - 6:30 pm at The Civic Theatre

CARRY THE FLAG Year: 2017 Director: Danielle MacLean Language: English Nation: Luritja / Warumungu Central Australia Country: Australia There is a rich and powerful story stitched into a few pieces of coloured fabric of a man whose design created meaning for a nation of people once invisible to the mainland of Australia. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Torres Strait Islander Flag as we journey into the Straits with Bala B to uncover and honour the life and times of his late father – Bernard Namok Senior, the flag’s creator

KŪ KANAKA/ STAND TALL Year: 2017 Director: Marlene Booth Narrative & Cultural Consultant: Jonathan Osorio Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli Country: USA When 15-year-old Kanalu Young takes a dive into shallow water he becomes quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down. Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, he begins to change when he learns Hawaiian language and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history. Fired up to tell Hawai‘i’s story, he earns a PhD, gets arrested fighting for Hawaiian rights, and becomes a crusading teacher and leader, eager to instil pride in his people.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

THE BRIDGE Year: 2017 Director of Photography: John Kuamo’o Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli Country: USA Pono, a tenacious seven-year-old boy lives with his family in a fivestory 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 to his little brother on the cusp of his teenage years.


NATIVE SLAM II Friday 23 March, 10:00 - 11:00am at The Civic Theatre The NATIVE Slam II was held over 72 hours in the week prior to MFF17. Year: 2017 Rating: PG

ENA KOE Lennie Hill (Ngāpuhi), Manu Bonnefin (Tahiti) Ena Koe tells the story of a man who discovers a baby in his home.

KA PUTA KO AU Amie Batalibasi (Australian Solomon Islander), Kelton Stepanowich (Métis), Renae Maihi (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi) The story of a young woman who has to make a dangerous journey in order to continue the bloodline of her tribe.

KIA TAU Chris Molloy (Ngāti Manawa, Ngāi Tūhoe), Michelle Latimer (Métis, Algonquin), Yamin Tun (Karen) A young woman is grieving for her father and following her Karen (Myanmar) traditions when she meets a Māori man who offers to help her. However he is also saying goodbye.

UHIWAI Ryan Alexander Lloyd (Ngāi Tahu), Erin Lau (Kanaka Maoli), Jerome Schmitt (Tahiti) After a devastating incident a man weighs up his right to live.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

THINKING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Friday 23 March, 3:30 - 4:15pm at The Civic Theatre Rating: G Year: 2016 Director: Ben Harding Language: English Country: Norway This series of short films were produced for OCA (Office for Contemporary Art, Norway) by Cultureshock Media as part of a wider cross-disciplinary international conference held in 2016. These documentaries are part of a long-term research project ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’. Including different forms of public programming with lectures, conversations and events, together with Sámi artists and activists speaking about crucial moments in their recent history and today’s challenges within the region in the North of Norway. Featured subjects: Synnøve Persen, a Sámi poet, visual artist and a founding member of The Sámi Artists Group. Keviselie, a Sámi journalist, poet and Indigenous rights activist. Ànde Somby, a traditional Sámi yoiker and a specialist in Indigenous rights law. Niillas Somby, a journalist, writer and political activist. Sámi artist Máret Ánne Sara.


OOKIE SPOOKIES Friday 23 March, 9:30 - 10:30pm at The Civic Theatre Rating: PG13

BLIGHT Year: 2017 Director: Perun Bonser Language: English Nation: Aboriginal Australia Country: Australia 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. When the Constable is severely injured the Tracker is challenged to eliminate the last of the Criminals on her own.

CONSUME Year: 2017 Director: Michael Peterson Producer: Julian Black Antelope Language: English Nation: Blackfoot Country: Canada Inspired by true events, residential school survivor Jacob Wematim, struggles to hang onto his land and Indigenous identity as his personal demons resurface and manifest in the form of the Wendigo spirit.

DEATH BLADE TIGER FIVE: REVENGEANCE Year: 2017 Director: Awa Puna Language: English Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu Country: Aotearoa “My toes have become raisins waiting for you.”


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

REMAINS, HUMAN Year: 2017 Director: Cody Halcrow Language: English Nation: Cree Country: Canada A journalist hoping the uncover the mysterious disappearances happening on citizens lately, she sets up an interview with an eerie local claiming he has the answers. The night takes a weird turn once he claims that subterranean monsters living among us are the cause, but perhaps not as dangerous as they appear.

SLINCRAZE - STÁLLU Year: 2017 Director: Egil Pedersen Language: Sámi Nation: Sámi Country: Canada For the Sámi, the Stállu is a monster, the kind that brings nightmares. In this track, Slincraze rap about how he feels like being a stállu, an outcast in the society. 45

PACIFIC VOICES Friday 23 March, 1:30 - 2:45pm at The Civic Theatre Pacific Voices is the culmination of a craft development programme by Commonwealth Writers. Six writer/directors from Tonga and Papua New Guinea attended script development workshops with local script editors before developing their own scripts and shooting their own films, with the assistance of Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions (Aotearoa). Year: 2017 Rating: PG

FAKA’ANAUA Director: Sio Sateki Malani Wolfgramm Nation: Tonga A young girl learns to cope with death during the preparations for a funeral.

THE RED BALL Director: ‘‘Amelia Fakahikuo’uiha Liliu’okalani Fonua Helu Nation: Tonga The arrival of a drunk uncle precipitates the loss of a young girl’s family home.

MY MOTHER’S BLOOD Director: Katherine Reki Nation: Papua New Guinea A young boy witnesses the brutal killing of his mother and sets out to take revenge.

THE BLACK PEN Director: ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki Nation: Tonga A newly trained counsellor at a women’s refuge comes face to face with the real challenges of investigating a case of child sexual abuse while juggling the demands of her personal life.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

KORIVA Director: Euralia Paine Nation: Papua New Guinea A young girl from the city tries to participate in traditional village wife against her father’s wishes.

THE EDUCATION OF GRAYSON TOKI Director: Glenill Burua Nation: Papua New Guinea A young man tries to find himself in rural Papua New Guinea.


THROUGH OUR LENS Friday 23 March, 5:00 - 7:00pm at The Civic Theatre Rating: PG Māori connect with other peoples of the Pacific through a shared ancestor – Kiwa, hence ‘Te Moananui a Kiwa – The great ocean of Kiwa’. With support from The New Zealand Commission for UNESCO, New Zealand Film Commission, and First Sovereign Trust, Māoriland took 14 rangatahi Māori filmmakers to the Pacific in September, 2017. They travelled to Rarotonga, Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti to work with young people in each nation. Rangatahi Film Leaders: Ana Scotney, Ariah Kapa, Aydriannah Tuiali’i, Awa Puna, Benji Timu, Eva Hakaraia, Kaea Hakaraia-Hosking, Nīkau Wi Neera, Ōriwa Hakaraia, Philadelphia KingsfordBrown, Shaye Leigh Witehira, Sonny Ngātai, Te Mahara Tamehana, Tutaamure Nikora


Katikatia is a witch who lures in children with her beautiful hair and beautiful voice.

A tribute to the last Queen of Hawaii that also comments on how Honolulu has changed under the weight of colonisation, urbanisation and the tourist trade.

Alofa is about a girl who raises herself out of poverty through education.



Celebrates the connection between the surfer and their environment.

Sick of getting bullied, a young man gets his revenge.



A glimpse into the life of three Raro girls who should be at school but are distracted by the beauty and fun of their island.

Can the Tahitians beat the Brazilians at their number one sport - Volleyball?

CHORD OF GRIEF A story about suicide and depression from the eyes of a little brother. 48



LES HORIS After a traumatic accident young man must overcome his problem with alcohol to make his way back into the light.

NgÄ Kiriata Poto | Short films


WAIRUA SHORTS We each have a spirit or soul that exists within us from creation, and continues without us beyond death. Thursday 22 March, 4:00 - 5:30pm at The Civic Theatre Saturday 24 March, 12:00 - 1:30pm at Ngā Purapura Rating: PG


Year: 2017 Director: Perun Bonser Language: English Nation: Australian Aboriginal (Ngarlama, Bunuba) Country: Australia What price for freedom?


Year: 2016 Directors: Trevor Solway Language: English Nation: Blackfoot - Siksika Country: Canada After a 15 year absence, a deadbeat dad goes on a journey to win back his lady’s heart, with a prized jingle dress.

PŪORO Year: 2017 Director: Komako Silver Language: English, Te Reo Māori Country: Aotearoa A story following the journey of Jerome Kavanagh, a young Māori practitioner of taonga pūoro as he revives ancient ancestral practices in our contemporary world.

NIISOTEWAK Year: 2017 Director: Jules Koostachin Language: English Nation: Cree Country: Canada Cree teachings say that identical twins are born with two bodies, but share one heart.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

MUD (HASHTŁ’ISHNII) Year: 2018 Directors: Shaandiin Tome Language: English Nation: Navajo Country: USA On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture.

MÅSØ - GOS LEAT DON? Year: 2017 Directors: Egil Pedersen Language: Sámi Nation: Sámi Country: Norway A young girl finds her own way to deal with disturbing secrets she discovers in her family. Featuring the music of MÅSØ.


Year: 2016 Directors: Felix Vaunois Language: English Country: Aotearoa

This is the intimate story of a modern-day Māori poet from Lyttelton, Christchurch in New Zealand. It chronicles the inner struggle of an artist, the conflict with self and the way words can sometimes have an effect on people. ‘’Sometimes the poet buries the man’’.


WHAKAPAPA SHORTS We are all connected. Thursday 22 March, 12:00 - 1:30pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday 25 March, 12:00 - 1:30pm at Ngā Purapura Rating: PG

A LIFE LIKE THIS Year: 2017 Director: Isaiah Tour Language: English Country: Aotearoa A young New Zealander and his father explore their family’s refugee story as survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime.

CAPTIVITY NARRATIVE Year: 2017 Director: Jason Asenap Language: English Nation: Commanche Nation Country: USA A young writer chases down his doppelganger on the downtown streets of Albuquerque.

GIVING BIRTH Year: 2017 Director: Collective Work Language: Spanish (with English subtitles) Nation: Panama Country: Panama An elder of the Panama Embera people shares the knowledge of her people surrounding birth.

HEADDRESS Year: 2017 Director: JJ Neepin Language: English Nation: Cree First Nations Country: Canada JJ Neepin is a female Indigenous filmmaker. With the help of photographer Nadya Kwandibens, JJ plans to recreate her great-grandfather’s portrait. 52

Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

MORIT ELENA MORIT Year: 2017 Director: Inga-Wiktoria Påve Language: Sámi Country: Sweden Nation: Sámi A haunting tale that follows a young girl and her reindeer as they try to escape the menacing darkness of the colonial oppression in Sápmi. Guided by a spirit, she is reminded to listen to her inner voice and trust her instincts.

MY FATHER’S TOOLS Year: 2016 Director: Heather Condo Language: English Country: Canada Nation: Mi’gmaq In honor of his father, Stephen continues the production of traditional baskets.

PAPA Year: 2017 Director: Ryan Alexander Lloyd Language: English Nation: Ngāi Tahu Country: Aotearoa A tender portrait of a seemingly elusive father.

THREE THOUSAND Year: 2017 Director: Asinnajaq (Isabella-Rose Weetaluktuk) Language: English Nation: Inuk Country: Canada Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe.


WHĀNAU SHORTS Family comes in many shapes, but where there is love there is family. Thursday 22 March, 2:00 - 3:30 pm at The Civic Theatre Sunday 25 March, 10:00 - 11:30am at Ngā Purapura Rating: PG

FROM UP NORTH Year: 2017 Director: Trudy Stewart Language: English Nation: Cree Country: Canada Trudy Stewart shares her experience working for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

GIRL WITH A FISH NECKLACE Year: 2017 Director: Egil Pedersen Language: Sámi Nation: Sámi Country: Norway A young girl adores her late father. An accidental meeting triggers doubt in her love for her father.

JACKRABBIT Year: 2017 Director: Jesse Littlebird Language: English Nation: Laguna and Kewa Pueblos Country: USA An Indigenous boy running away from his abusive home encounters his distanced uncle and shares a reconnection with his culture.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

NOBODY’S CHILD Year: 2017 Director: CJ Friday Language: English Nation: Australian Aboriginal (Kalkadoon) Country: Australia A spirited child searches for the identity of her father and comes face-to-face with the imminent loss of her sister.

POSSUM Year: 2017 Director: Dave Whitehead Language: English Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou Country: Aotearoa Two young brothers find their relationship meets the ultimate test when they venture into the woods, hunting a notorious possum.

RAE Year: 2017 Director: Kawennahere Devery Jacobs Language: English Nation: Mohawk Country: Canada Seven-year-old Rae must confront her mother’s mental illness as the responsibilities of parenting get reversed.

TAMA Year: 2017 Director: Jared Flitcroft, Jack O’Donnell Language: English Nation: Māori Country: Aotearoa Tama is about a young Māori deaf boy who wants to perform the haka. He is isolated within his family where communication is non-existent. 55

WHENUA SHORTS Land is the giver of life. We are the land and return to it. We hold the land in trust for our children. Thursday 22 March, 10:00 - 11:30am at The Civic Theatre Saturday 24 March, 10:30 - 11:45am at Ngā Purapura Rating: PG

FLAT ROCKS Year: 2017 Director: Courtney Montour Language: English Nation: Mohawk Country: Canada Louis Diabo battles against the construction of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway during the 1950s to save his farm and the Kahnawake Mohawk community.

LELUM’ Year: 2017 Director: Asia Youngman Language: English Nation: Cree, Iroquois, Carrier, Métis Country: Canada Lelum’ is inspired by the land - our place of dwelling and our home. It conveys the message: as custodians of the land, it is our inherent responsibility to protect and show respect for our lelum’, our home.

NUUCA Year: 2017 Director: Michelle Latimer Language: English, Hidatsa Nation: Métis, Algonquin Country: Canada Nuuca is an evocative meditation on Indigenous women’s integral connection to land and the ways in which the extractive industry’s rape of the earth is directly linked to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.


Ngā Kiriata Poto | Short films

SNOW Year: 2017 Director: Nivi Pedersen Language: Greenlandic, Danish Nation: Greenlandic (Inuk) Country: Greenland Shovelling snow is an everyday task in Nuuk, Greenland. We follow three people with each their issue in this seemingly problem-free task.

THE THREE SISTER’S COMMUNITY GARDEN Year: 2017 Director: Zachary Greenleaf Language: English Nation: Mi’gmaq Country: Canada Zachary Greenleaf, a young Mi’gmaq from Gesgapegiag, tries to reintroduce the “Three Sisters’ (the traditional white corn, squash and beans).

WATER Year: 2017 Director: John Harvey Language: English Nation: Torres Strait Islander Country: Australia Set in 2047, with strict population controls in place, heavily pregnant Layla manages to evade authorities but finds herself stranded on a dry salt lake with little water.


KĀKANO SHORTS Friday 23 March - Sunday 25 March, 10 am - 7 pm (repeated on a 45 minute loop, free entry) Te Kākano is a stunning immersive space within Ngā Purapura. Take your shoes off and step inside this quiet space to enjoy a programme of intimate short films.

GOLDEN MEMORIES Year: 2018 Director: Moerangi Vercoe Language: English, Te Reo Māori Nation: Ngāti Awa / Ngāti Whakaue Country: Aotearoa 1964: A Māori boy from a poor rural background marries a Pākeha girl from a well off city family. 50 years later they recall their meeting, their marriage, and the reaction from their families.

ART FROM THE HANDS OF NGĀI TAHU (NGĀ RINGA TOI O TAHU) Year: 2017 Director: Simon Leslie, Richard Sutcliffe Executive Producer: Julian Wilcox Language: English Nation: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa Country: Canada A series of eight mini art documentaries capturing the talent and achievements of some of our most well-known Ngāi Tahu artists.

MACROCOSMIC Year: 2016 Director: Craig Commanda Language: English Nation: Algonquin Anishnaabe Country: Canada A view of life and the universe, narrated in Anishnaabemowin.


NgÄ Kiriata Poto | Short films

TRENCH Year: 2017 Director: Trevor Solway Language: English Nation: Blackfoot - Siksika Country: Canada Upon returning home from World War I, Blackfoot veteran Michael Mountain Horse created a story robe with pictographs depicting his experience at Vimy Ridge. 100 years later, Blackfoot performance artist Adrian Stimson sets out to dig a trench in the shape of those legendary symbols.



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AFTER THE APOLOGY with extended Q&A + HOLY ANGELS (Australia)

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WHĀNAU SHORTS from around the world

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

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To all our dear friends and partners in the Native Film Circle we send love and strength for a bountiful year of indigenous storytelling. Tāria taku moko Māori ki ngā kiriata o te wā Embed my Native Soul in Film. To all of you who have traveled from near and far. Thank you for coming to Ōtaki and for sharing the love we all have for a good story, a fabulous film, and each other. We hope your time at Māoriland has been enjoyable, and that what you have seen and experienced will expand you in wonderful ways. As we bid you a safe return home, we look forward to seeing you again. Māoriland Charitable Trust owns and operates The Māoriland Film Festival and the Māoriland Hub. For more information about our year-round events, visit us online at, or keep an eye on the window displays at the Māoriland Hub, 68 - 70 Main Street, Ōtaki Village. For information on how you can support Māoriland, please email - We welcome your tautoko! Waiho mā te wāhi ngaro tonu koutou, otirā ia tātou katoa, hei ārahi, hei manaaki. Hei tōna wā e hoa...


Māoriland Film Festival 2018 Programme  
Māoriland Film Festival 2018 Programme  

The Māoriland Film Festival, now in it's fifth year will be held in Ōtaki, Aotearoa from March 21 - 25, 2018. Established in 2014, Māorila...