MFF2020 Programme

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Contents Page


Te Hunga Tautoko - Acknowledgements


Hei Whakakitenga The Declaration of Indigenous Cinema


Ngā Pou o Te Whare Kōrero - The Corner Posts of Māoriland


Me Reretau - Be In Balance. From the Festival Director


He Huatau - From the Māoriland Charitable Trust


Kaitūao and Kaihāpai - Our Support Crew


Ngā Tīkiti - Ticketing Info

10 Te Huarahi Mai - Travel Info 11 Venue Map 12 Māoriland Hub 13 Te Taiao 14 M.A.T.C.H. The Māoriland Tech Creative Hub 15 VR at the Māoriland Hub 17 Te Toi Matarau at Māoriland - Creativity Through Collaboration MĀORILAND RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL 2020 19 Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival 2020 Day One 22 Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival 2020 Day Two MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 2020 28 Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Day One 30 Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Day Two 36 Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Day Three 42 Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Day Four 55 Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Day Five 67 Māoriland Red Carpet Party 68 Kākano mini-cinema at Ngā Purapura 70 Industry Events 71 Index 76 Timetable

Te Hunga Tautoko Acknowledgements 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 Kapu. We are grateful for the support of Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki, our kaumātua and kuia, our kaimahi and our whānau. And to all of those who support the kaupapa, tēnā koutou. SUPPORTING PARTNERS




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 through 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, we will make the invisible visible again. We vow to manage our own destiny and recover our complete humanity in 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 The Corner Posts of Māoriland 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 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 well-being of our community. Kāti. Tuia te kawa, tairanga te kawa, ko te kawa o te manaaki i te tangata tēnei ka poua nei. He mea tuhi nā Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa) 2016. Extract from chant marking the opening of the Māoriland Hub 2016.




Me Reretau Be In Balance Raurangatira mā, kei ngā kanohi ora o rātou mā, kei ngā manuwhiri tūārangi, tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnei mātou te mihi maioha atu nei mō koutou kua tahuri kē mai koutou ki tā tātou ahurei ā tau. E whaimana anō ai a Māoriland, otirā ia, tātou katoa tonu o Ōtaki i tā koutou ekenga mai. Mauriora! Welcome to Ōtaki and our 7th Māoriland Film Festival. Whether you are discovering Māoriland for the first time or you have been with us since the beginning we bid you all a very warm welcome to this showcase of Indigenous cinema. Our theme for MFF2020 is Me Reretau – Be in Balance - to offer stories that seek harmony in an increasingly discordant world. Indigenous stories help us make sense of our world, of our connections and our shared humanity. Access to technology has enabled Indigenous people around the world to tell our own stories. In this environment, Indigenous cinema continues to grow enabling us to hear the voices of those who have an unbroken connection with their lands. MFF2020 is a powerful programme of over 120 films and includes World and Southern Hemisphere premieres. We open the festival with the first festival screening of The Legend of Baron To’a directed by Māori filmmaker Kiel McNaughton. Kiel and producer Kerry Warkia are the team behind last year’s opening night film Vai and also Waru. There is the multi award-winning Turtle Island documentary Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up - with both the filmmaker Dr Tasha Hubbard and the whānau featured in this very important film, in attendance. We also have the much acclaimed environmental doco from Indigenous Peru, Sembradoras de Vida. For those who love Zombie movies we have the First Nations’ thriller Blood Quantum by Jeff Barnaby, while Blackhorse Lowe is back with his doom Rom-Com Fukry. Rounding off the Southern Hemisphere feature film premieres we have Sámi filmmaker Amanda Kernell’s Charter which has just premiered at Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews.

For the first time, we will also screen films from Indigenous Taiwan including Long Time No Sea, Wawa No Cidal, Virtual Reality Experience; A Song Within Us, and a series of brand new shorts made in January as part of Through Our Lens. There are some stunning short film programmes and we look forward to hosting award-winning filmmakers from around the world including those taking part in the fifth year of the NATIVE Slam, Māoriland’s 72 hour Indigenous International collaboration challenge. Special events include the Māoriland Keynote address at Rangiātea Church and our free whānau outdoor screening of Frozen 2. For those looking to further expand their horizons there are the provocative Māoriland NATIVE Minds sessions as well as Virtual Reality in our Māoriland Tech Creative Hub – M.A.T.C.H. Industry events include the Māoriland Pitch as well as panel discussions featuring local and international filmmakers. With our focus on providing a platform for Indigenous artists; Toi Matarau, Māoriland’s visual arts gallery includes Aotearoa’s top Māori artists with tāmoko, carvers and weavers working in and around the Māoriland Hub. The input of Ngā Pakiaka, our young Māori filmmakers from across Aotearoa, is another way we find balance. Ngā Pakiaka are the roots of everything we do at Māoriland. They have programmed the Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival and will show short films made this January during Through Our Lens workshops in Taiwan and Sápmi. Our Māoriland Film Festival 2020 Red Carpet will be another brilliant night to wrap up our 5th festival. Dress up to dazzle on the red carpet! There will be performances from guest artists and DJs. We extend our aroha to all our filmmakers and supporters of Indigenous film. With your support and enthusiasm this will be another magic week of Indigenous Cinema. Nau mai. Piki mai. Kake mai rā e hoa mā. Libby Hakaraia Te Tumu Whakarae - Festival Director




He Huatau Māoriland Charitable Trust Tēnei ka ohooho Tēnei ka ihiihi Tēnei ka mihi ki te ia o te wā. Tēnā koutou katoa. Māoriland exists to generate cultural, social and economic opportunities for Māori film and creative excellence. We operate from the Māoriland Hub, a multi-purpose cinema and arts venue. We are very proud of our year-round programme of film exhibition and production, performance and tech creative arts initiatives, and storytelling. The Māoriland Hub opened in 2017 in the largest building in Ōtaki Village (formerly Edhouse's Department Store). To date, our Māoriland Hub has hosted over 200 occasions including film screenings, music and drama performances, workshops on filmmaking and technology for students, community meetings, art exhibitions and other popular events. The Māoriland Hub includes a large outdoor community garden. Our green zone hosts education workshops on growing food, para kore (waste minimisation) and other environmental issues of interest to our community. The MCT is an independent Māori entity with a board of trustees and a mandate from Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki, the five sub-tribes of Ōtaki. He mahi ngatahi nei te kaupapa. Kei ngā haumi tēnā koutou. We of the Māoriland Charitable Trust thank all our funding partners for supporting this edition of the Māoriland Film Festival. And we thank each and every person, whānau, and filmmaker who come to share their interest or their talent with us all. Mei kore ake koutou. Hei kōnā mai me ngā mihi aroha. Nā mātou noa, MĀORILAND CHARITABLE TRUST John Barrett (Chair), Tania Hakaraia, Dee McDonald, Graham Wiremu

Kaitūao and Kaihāpai Our support team Every Film Festival in the world relies on volunteers to assist with managing the big crowds as they arrive for screenings. It’s not just a matter of making sure people have tickets for our various events. The safety and security of all our audiences is important. It’s the best way to ensure our festival-goers have a great time. Our support crew volunteers are the Kaitūao and are identified by their red t-shirts. Their efforts to run the venues and ticket sales are as valuable as what they do to look after our guests. We admire their commitment. Our Kaihāpai also wear red t-shirts. They are rangatahi from the schools in our community. They are charged with looking after the needs of the audiences in all our venues. We remain grateful to these young people who give of their precious spare time to serve our kaupapa. We respect our Kaitūao and our Kaihāpai. They represent our community with pride and work for your benefit. Feel free to ask them anything about Ōtaki or the festival. Tēnā hoki koutou rangatahi mā, kua riro koutou hei taituarā mō te kaupapa. E mihi ana.




Ngā Tikiti Ticketing Info Entry to all events is $6 unless otherwise specified Māoriland Red Carpet Party $30 WHERE TO BUY TICKETS: Online:


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In-Person: Māoriland Hub, 68 Main Street Ōtaki, Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Festival week 18 - 22 March, 9:00 am - 5:00pm MĀORILAND RANGATAHI FILM FESTIVAL Entry by gold coin donation. Registration essential: email TĪKITI TA KOHA The Māoriland Film Festival is grateful for the small and large acts of generosity we often receive. We offer heartfelt thanks to any who wish to make donations to the MFF. In 2020 our Tīkiti Ta Koha is a new way to enjoy all the fabulous elements of the festival, as well as offer tangible support to the Māoriland kaupapa. Tīkiti Ta Koha are priced from $150 to $350 and include a charitable donation to the Māoriland Charitable Trust. All charitable donations are tax-deductible in NZ. Tīkiti Ta Koha holders have access to one complimentary ticket for all public events, as well as early-bird access to tickets - allowing you to choose and confirm your screenings before tickets go on sale on February 12, 2020.


$125 Early-bird, $140 general release Designed for those working in the screen industry, these passes provide access to both industry only and public events as well as one ticket per screening. • You must have a physical ticket to enter any event. These can be claimed by showing your Industry Pass at the Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki. • We recommend you select your tickets before the festival. Information on how to do this will be provided to pass holders via email. If you choose not to use a ticket, please return it to the Ticket Office so someone else can enjoy the film. • Your pass does not guarantee you a ticket if sessions are sold out. • Industry Passes are not transferable. • Lost passes cannot be reprinted during the Festival. • Closing Night Party. Please note, due to limited numbers you must RSVP to attend this party by Friday 15th March 6 pm at the latest, to ensure your ticket. Industry 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 in Ōtaki is limited. The train from Wellington to Ōtaki is a one-hour coastal trip, taking you through small towns, bush, and along the West Coast. Sit on the left-hand side of the train heading north for the best views out to Kāpiti Island. There are two train options; the Capital Connection runs Mon-Friday departing Wellington to Ōtaki daily at 5:15 pm and returning at 7:13 am. The Kāpiti Line runs every half hour to and from Wellington. The service leaves from Waikanae, a town 15 minutes south of Ōtaki. There are also buses along the train route. Connecting from Waikanae, the 290 bus will take you to Ōtaki. The bus leaves Waikanae for Ōtaki’s Main St five times daily. This bus returns to Waikanae. Intercity buses provide transport from Palmerston North and Wellington. Check the timetable links below for more information:



2020 Venue Map WELLINGTON (SOUTH) MILL RD D (1.4KM)*






MĀORILAND HUB 68 Main Street



11 Raukawa Street




Te Wānanga o Raukawa is smoke and alcohol-free. This includes the area outside Ngā Purapura. Please respect this at all times. *Map not to scale

NGĀ PURAPURA 145 Tasman Road



Outside Te Kura a Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano


MĀORILAND HUB The Māoriland Hub is a home for the Indigenous, a home for the arts, a home for ideas and conversations – he whare taketake, he whare tapere, he whare kōrero. It is open year-round in Ōtaki’s Main Street, and showcases Indigenous creativity and innovation through film, visual, music and performing arts, technology, kōrero and more. To date, over 200 events have been held at the Māoriland Hub. It is a popular drawcard for visitors to the Kāpiti Coast. At the Māoriland Hub, you will find M.A.T.C.H - the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub, Toi Matarau Art Gallery and the Māoriland Filmmaker Residency. A first for New Zealand, the Māoriland Filmmaker Residency hosts national and international Indigenous artists. Māoriland is grounded by four pou - celebration, inspiration, respect and inclusion. It exists for the social, economic and educational success of its community in Ōtaki through connection to the wider world of Indigenous creativity and innovation.



Te Taiao During the five days of the Māoriland Film Festival, the population of our Ōtaki community effectively doubles. We encourage you to join us and reduce your impact on our taiao (environment) during your time at Māoriland. With your help, the Māoriland Film Festival aims to present a Zero Waste event. WHAT WE DO: At MFF2020 Māoriland will trial a Para Kore (waste minimisation) initiative. Along Ōtaki’s Main Street you will notice special bins labelled for mixed recycling and compost. The contents of these bins will be returned to the Māoriland Hub Para Kore site to be sorted, washed, composted or recycled. Mixed Recycling Bins can take hard plastic, glass and tin. Compost Bins can take any organic material and commercially compostable materials including meat and bones. At the Māoriland Hub, all such materials will be put into a NZ Box; a hot composting system.

HELP US OUT! We welcome any MFF visitors to give us a hand at the Māoriland Hub’s Para Kore site. • Precycle - where possible, reduce your waste at the source - avoid singleuse items, plastics and unnecessary packaging. • Bring your own reusable coffee cup, bag and reusable water bottle. • Māoriland Film Festival has coffee cups, drink bottles and bags available at the Hub. • Offset your travel: car-pool, walk, cycle. • Separate your waste into compost, landfill and recycling - follow the detailed signs. When possible, wash recyclables. • Provide feedback. Share your thoughts and your experiences during the festival, and how this contributes to preventing waste from entering landfill or our oceans!


M.A.T.C.H - the MÄ oriland Ahi (Fire) Tech Creative Hub supports rangatahi in ĹŒtaki to become creative tech leaders through training, mentorship and industry-led opportunities. During MFF2020 M.A.T.C.H showcases creative technology from across the Indigenous world. Come and experience the latest in Virtual Reality and tech-enabled storytelling.


VR R AT THE E MĀOR RI LAND HUB B Virtual Reality is a simulated experience that invites the viewer to be immersed within a story. No bookings or tickets. On a first-come, first access basis.

A Song Within Us




Year: 2019 Director: Fangas Nayaw Duration: 15 minutes Language: Chinese with English Subtitles Nation: Amis (Taiwan)

Year: 2018 Director: Shannon Foster, Rachel Hendery, Daniele Hromek, Louisa King, Andrew Burrell Duration: 8 minutes Language: D’harawal, Darug, and Dhurga Nation: Budawang (Yuin) (Danièle) and D’harawal (Shannon)

A SONG WITHIN US is a 360 immersive experience with traditional Aboriginal music and ambisonic system, written and directed by Fangas Nayaw, a Taiwan Amis aboriginal theatre director and choreographer. Indigenous Taiwanese believe music and dance are the bridge to communicate with their ancestors. Every step and note is a moment to share with the earth and a reminder to never forget where they are from and who they are. The project is presented and produced by Serendipity and Digital Rise. Co-production with Tainan National University of the Arts.

Barrawao seeks to bring about an understanding of the deep connection between Language and Country in an embodied and experiential manner. Barrawao can be translated as “to fly or to make haste” from the D’harawal language. A very special thank you to Uncle Greg Simms (Gundungurra people of the Blue Mountains, Gadigal of the Darug nation) for allowing us to include his voice and for sharing his knowledge of both Language and Country.


Thursday 18 March - Sunday 22 March, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Māoriland Hub


Unceded Territories




Year: 2019 Director: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Paisley Smith Duration: 6 minutes Language: English Nation: Coast Salish First Nations

Year: 2020 Director: Wiremu Grace, Miriam Ross, Paul Wolffram Duration: 7 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Porou

Unceded Territories is a provocative VR experience created from indigenous artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's iconic work, engaging viewers in an interactive landscape grappling with colonialism, climate change and Indigenous civil rights. A Tribe Called Red provides powerful music for the piece.

Te Rangihaeata was a visionary, poet, warrior, and revered leader of Ngāti Toa Rangatira. This VR experience imagines a physical and spiritual journey taken by Te Rangihaeata in the early 1800’s on the eve of great change for Ngāti Toa. We join him as he travels across Te Moana o Raukawa in a waka returning to his home on Mana Island. In the fading light of day Kopa (a white owl – Kaitiaki of Ngāti Toa) appears to Te Rangihaeata with a warning. Reaching his whare, Te Rangihaeata is confronted by a vision of the future, a future beyond his imagining where the landscape is wrenched, torn and ripped from his people. He must respond to this threat and what it means for generations to come.


Wednesday 18 March, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Māoriland Hub Thursday 19 March – Sunday 22 March 10:00 - 4:00 pm, Māoriland Hub Meet traditional and contemporary artists from the far North to the deep South of Aotearoa. Toi Matarau is a home for toi Māori artists to connect, be inspired and inspire others. Tuhi, whakairo, whakarākai, toi moko, whatu, raranga, whakaari, waiata, kiriata, te reo Māori and pūrākau can all be observed and enjoyed at the Māoriland Hub. TOI MATARAU EXHIBITION An exhibition of toi Māori by local artists (ART Confederation) and from across Aotearoa. Toi Māori in this exhibition range from; photography, portraiture, weaving, fibre art, textile design, quilting, fashion, digital art, 3D painted woodcarving, pastel, paint, ink, carving, clay, lino printing, sculpture, screen printing and jewellery design.

Toi Matarau includes a number of Toi Iho™ licensed artists such as master weaver Sonia Snowden of Ngāpuhi (2019 Te Waka Toi recipient of Te Tohu Toi Kē o Te Waka Toi). TOI MOKO The tradition of storytelling embedded in skin has been superbly revitalised. Experience toi moko with practitioners of Te Kāhui Torea at the Māoriland Hub. WHAKAIRO Te Matatoki is a collective of some of our nation’s foremost carvers lead by Fayne Robinson and Lewis Gardiner (2019 Te Waka Toi recipient of the Manaaki Taonga Award). Te Matatoki will collaborate with carvers and students from Te Wānanga o Raukawa and work in wood and pounamu.


Te Toi Matarau at Māoriland Creativity Through Collaboration


WHAKARĀKAI Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Kai Tahu). Neke is a contemporary Māori jeweller working in pounamu, shell, stone and precious metals in residence at the Māoriland Hub. RARANGA The Toi Whakarākai (Design and Art) weaving programme at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in collaboration with the Toi Matarau Gallery featuring exhibition taonga and demonstrations of weaving. TUHI Awhina Osborne (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tukorehe). The first rangatahi artist in residence at the Māoriland Film Festival, Awhina is an environmental artist specialising in the personification of the natural Māori world. Michael Angelo Burke (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe) Creator of painted wood carvings, Michael paints 3D wildlife structures in medium to large scale. TRADITIONAL HEALERS AT MĀORILAND Filmmakers also come to Māoriland to replenish their wairua. The films screened at MFF2020 cover a range of emotional and psychological experiences. Some of their stories are intense and may affect sensitive members of the audience. Experience te mahi ā Rongo (wairuaguided offerings), wairākau rongoā (herbal remedies), haumiri (massage) and honohono (spiritual energy healing) in the Māoriland Rongoā space. Kaitiaki from the Rongoā Collective of the ART Confederation; the tribal region of Raukawa, Te Atiawa and Toa Rangatira will be in residence at Taringaroa next to Raukawa Marae on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is welcome.


Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival 2020 MRFF2020 is for school students and rangatahi of all ages. Audiences may enjoy Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers. Entry is by gold coin. Each year school students travel from near and far to attend the MRFF. Registrations are essential to guarantee seating! Once registered, teachers or parents will receive an information pack with further details about all films as well as suggested talking points for their tauira. Contact to register.

E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards SPECIAL EVENT Thursday 19 March, 9:30 am, Ngā Purapura These films are recommended for a tuakana audience (young people aged 13+) The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films from their perspective as young people in Aotearoa. It’s about empowering rangatahi to tell their own stories through film. Films screened in this session were made by rangatahi aged 12 - 24 during workshops in Kaitaia, Hokianga, Tāmaki Makaurau, Kirikiriroa, Rotorua and Ōtaki in 2019. Celebrate rangatahi storytelling at the annual E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards!


Māoriland Rangatahi Film Festival is a two-day programme curated by Ngā Pakiaka, Māoriland’s rangatahi filmmaking group.


DAY ONE TUAKANA Ngā Mātauranga Shorts (13+) Thursday 19 March, 12:45 pm, Ngā Purapura 13 + Coarse language & mature themes To come of age is to be shaped by the knowledge of our ancestors with an understanding of the responsibilities of the years to come.

Hinekura Year: 2019 Director: Becs Arahanga Duration: 17 minutes Language: Māori Nation: Kai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Kati Hiku, Waitaha On the day she gets her first period, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wānanga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

Giant Bear


Year: 2018 Director: Neil Christopher, Daniel Gies Producer: Monica Ittusardjaut, Nadia Mike Duration: 12 minutes Language: Inukitut Nation: Inuit

Year: 2018 Director: Katherine Nequado Duration: 2 minutes Nation: Maliseet from Tobique

A starving hunter’s quest for answers, leads him straight to a Nanurluk, an iceberg-sized polar bear. To survive he must pit his wits against a fearsome foe.

Wamin means ‘apple’ in Atikamekw. Red on the outside, white on the inside. It’s an insult to people who leave their communities to go and live in the city. In Wamin, a young Atikamekw woman shares that her identity is not changed by her location.


Ma fierté (My Pride)

Year: 2019 Director: Briar Grace-Smith Duration: 13 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu

Year: 2018 Director: Kassandra Vollant Duration: 4 minutes Language: French with English Subtitles Nation: Innu

A young woman is released from jail and taken straight to a party, where she is forced to confront her past, realising the person she wants to see the least, is the person she needs the most. Her mum.

An endearing and cheerful teenager balances traditions and modernity in her daily life. She shows us her regalia and shares her pride in being Innu.

Sons of Blackbird

Tell Me I Can’t

Year: 2019 Director: Onehou Strickland Duration: 8 minutes Language: English Nation: Samoa

Year: 2018 Director: Struan Purdie Duration: 19 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngāi Tūhoe

Poet Lastman So’oula reflects on his days working a factory line, and his feelings of mistreatment and exploitation. A story with references to ‘blackbirding’, the practice of kidnapping Pacific Islanders to be used as forced labour.

Tell Me I Can’t is a story of what can happen when one man brushes aside society’s expectations of himself, his young people, and the way social work is supposed to be done.




DAY TWO TEINA Ngā Raurēkau Shorts (All ages) Friday 20 March, 10:00 am, Ngā Purapura This programme has been selected for teina of all ages, to inspire, excite and broaden understanding of the Indigenous world.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Miracle?! Year: 2018 Director: Astarlii Taokia, Jette Johnson Duration: 4 minutes Language: English Nation: Rarotonga Ta’i is the reigning Rock, Paper, Scissors champion - but she has a secret.

How Nivi Got Her Names

Meet Munch Jr

Year: 2019 Director: Laura Deal Duration: 8 mins Language: English Nation: Inuit

Year: 2019 Director: Ali Cowley Duration: 8 mins Language: English Nation: Samoa

Nivi has always known her names were special, but she does not know where they came from. So, one cold afternoon, Nivi decides to ask her mom, and finds a greater understanding of what it means to be Inuit.

A father’s love inspires an autistic teen to express himself by bringing his cartoon character to life.

My Favourite Food is Indian Tacos, my Favourite Drink is Iced Tea and my Favourite Thing is Drumming Year: 2018 Director: Derius Matchewan Duration: 4 mins Language: Inukitut with English subtitles Nation: Maliseet from Tobique

Snowy Heart Year: 2019 Director: Alireza Biglari Duration: 3 mins Nation: Iran When a child saves the frozen world with love. Love can save the world...

A film about courage and the passions young Darius shares with his friends.

What’s My Superpower Year: 2019 Director: Justin Heymans Writer: Aviaq Johnston Duration: 10 mins Language: English Nation: Inuit Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower, and wonders if she might be the only kid in town without a special talent. Little does she know her superpower was right in front of her, all along.

Kuobžâ já mun (The Bear and I) Year: 2019 Director: Heli Huovinen Duration: 2 mins Nation: Sámi The film is a dreamy story of a woman and a bear. The bear is both honoured and feared in Inari Sámi mythology, and if a bear chooses to come into your life, you can’t hide from it.




Real Eels

It’s Me, Landon

Year: 2019 Director: Julianna, Kiarah, Angelica Point England Primary School Duration: 3 mins Language: English Nation: Aotearoa

Year: 2018 Director: Landon Moise Duration: 4 mins Language: English Nation: Dene

A ‘laugh-out-loud’ short about the life cycle of our native eels.

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Legends Year: 2018 Director: Mr. Parker’s Grade 7 class Alaqsite’w Gitpu School Duration: 5 mins Language: English Nation: Mi’gmaq An elder visits school students to share Mi’gmaq legends and cultural stories. They then narrate the stories in their own words, combined with a mix of animated drawings, real-life footage and homemade sound effects.

Eight-year-old Landon Moise shows us around his favourite forested spots in his home community, Clearwater River Dene Nation. He explains why the environment is important.



Friday 20 March, 12:00 pm, Ngā Purapura Ngā Pūtake Shorts takes rangatahi on an adventure across the world with true and imagined stories of bravery and resilience to inspire them within their own identities. Recommended for rangatahi 8+.

Bub Year: 2019 Director: Ōriwa Hakaraia, Te Mahara Tamehana Duration: 12 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Kapu, Ngāti Hine Nan is Bub’s whole world. When Bub comes home to an empty house, he must summon all his bravery to wait out the long night.



Year: 2019 Director: Chad Charlie Duration: 10 minutes Language: Nuu~Chah~Nulth Nation: Ahousaht First Nation

Year: 2019 Director: Tommy Tran Writer: Sheldon Rua Duration: 2 mins Language: English Nation: Aotearoa

A young chief, Uu?uu~tah, is entrusted to be the whale hunter of his village. In order to undertake such a task, his grandmother leads him along the long hard pathway of the rites of purification and growth.

Filmed at the gateway to the Ihumātao occupation, Protect evokes Atua to protect the land from exploitation.


Ngā Pūtake Shorts (8+)



He Hekenga Tūhura

Year: 2019 Director: Sarah Maddick Duration: 11 mins Language: English Nation: Māori

Year: 2019 Director: Allan George Duration: 8 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu

Toa has autism. Follow Toa’s journey as he navigates the challenges of his internal perspective of the outside world.

In Sir Hekenukumai Pūhipi’s (1932 - 2019) final interview, he looks back on his legacy of celestial navigation and waka building, and considers who will carry the mantle into the future.



Year: 2019 Director: Dan Mace Duration: 3 mins Language: English Nation: Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki, Clan O’Boyle

Year: 2019 Director: Shane McSauby Duration: 4 mins Nation: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

An explanation of the concepts of colonisation and decolonisation from an Indigenous perspective.

A 6-year-old Indigenous girl discovers she has superpowers.



Kuujuaq Hockey

Watching The Moon

Year: 2017 Director: Sammy Gadbois Duration: 3 mins Language: English Nation: Inuit

Year: 2018 Director: Anthony Oginany, Rose-Aimee Papatie Duration: 2 mins Language: English Nation: Anishnaabe Nation

A portrait of the dynamic Kuujjuaq School hockey team.

Music video featuring Anthony and Rose-Aimée’s traditional songs.


MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 2020 DAY ONE Pōwhiri SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday 18 March, 11:00 am, Raukawa Marae The pōwhiri and formal welcome to manuwhiri tūārangi and official guests of MFF2020 will take place at Raukawa Marae. Guests who are unfamiliar with the marae protocols will be informed about the necessary procedures prior to the welcome.

The formal welcome will be conducted entirely in the Māori language. Our rangatahi will assist with interpreting where required. One customary practice is the koha, a monetary contribution which will be offered to the marae on your behalf. This is not compulsory. Koha is collected by someone in the visitor’s group before you go onto the marae. Raukawa marae is the principal meeting place of the Ngāti Raukawa tribe and subtribes, and one of five closely linked marae in close proximity. The other marae are Te Pou o Tainui (Ōtaki), Katihiku Marae (Ōtaki) Wehiwehi (Manakau) and Tukorehe (Kuku).


Māoriland Keynote Address SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday 18 March, 6:00 pm, Rangiātea Church


The Māoriland Keynote address is a personal and historical perspective given by a prominent Māori Filmmaker. It is presented at the unique whare karakia that is the Rangiatea Church. Past keynote speakers were: Tainui Stephens, Lawrence Makaore, Larry Parr, Julian and Mabelle Dennison, Rawiri Paratene, and Heperi and Awatea Mita. Visit for more information on this year’s address.

The Legend of Baron To’a OPENING NIGHT FILM SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday 18 March, 8:00 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2020 Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes Director Kiel McNaughton Language: English Nation: Tonga, Māori When his late father’s priceless championship belt is stolen by a ruthless gang, a displaced Tongan man must reconnect with his father’s legacy to defeat the barbaric gang kingpin and get the title back.


DAY TWO Bellbird Thursday 19 March, 11:00 am, The Civic Theatre Year: 2018 Director: Hamish Bennett Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes Language: English with Te Reo Māori Subtitles Nation: Ngāti Whakaue, Patuharakeke, Kati Waewae Set over four seasons on a humble Northland dairy farm, Bellbird is the story of a dairy farmer struggling to cope with the sudden death of his beloved wife, and the gradual bond he builds with his gentle only son, and the local community. Rated M.

Wairua Shorts Thursday 19 March, 1:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Every living thing including the land, mountains, rivers, oceans has a wairua - a spirit, a soul existing beyond death. This collection of short films speaks of the wairua within and around us. Recommended for mature audiences. Themes include depression, suicide and PTSD.

Ways to See Year: 2019 Director: Jessica Sanderson Duration: 15 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Te Ātiawa, Te Ati Haunui-a-pāpārangi, Te Aitangā-ā-Hauiti, Ngāti Porou Amaia lives with her depressed mother. With no outside support, she desperately seeks her absent father. Believing a mysterious woman can reconnect them, Amaia goes to extreme lengths to win her attention.

I Matai (The Dead)

Caribou in the Archive

Year: 2016 Director: Kyle Perron Duration: 10 minutes Language: Chamoru with English Subtitles Nation: Chamoru

Year: 2019 Director: Jennifer Dysart Duration: 8 minutes Language: English Nation: Cree

A fallen warrior is honoured by his family in an experimental take on the ancient Chamoru burial.

Koro Year: 2019 Director: Nicholas Riini Duration: 12 minutes Language: Māori, English Nation: Ngāi Tūhoe The sounds of combat intrude on Koro’s memory of his days in the jungle during the Vietnam war. He is catapulted back to that time; the fear and torment moving him to seek a safe haven.

Northern Indigenous women who hunt are at the heart of this recovered footage film. The filmmaker describes enigmatic events leading up to saving an important piece of family history from being lost forever.

Gáidat / máhccat (Dissociate) Year: 2019 Director: Sunna Nousuniemi Duration: 2 minutes Language: Northern Sámi with English Subtitles Nation: Sámi This debut film (from our 2016 Māoriland intern) is an exploration of disconnection, survival and healing and grounding oneself.




Tsi Teyoto:te Year: 2019 Director: Jonathan Elliott Duration: 3 minutes Language: Kanien’keha (Mohawk language) with English subtitles Nation: Tuscarora A visual poem examining the impact of underage drinking in Indigenous communities and the struggle to overcome grief and past traumas through culture and traditional practices.

XO Rad Magical Year: 2019 Director: Christopher Gilbert Grant Duration: 1 minutes Language: English Nation: Pabineau First Nation XO Rad Magical is a personal lyrical poem about the daily struggle of living with schizophrenia. This psychedelic and hypnotic film shows there is beauty in the minds of those who are at war with themselves.

Giitu Giitu (Thank You Lord) Year: 2019 Director: Elle Sofe Sara Duration: 6 minutes Language: Sámi with English subtitles Nation: Sámi Giitu giitu/ Thank you Lord gives an Indigenous insight to the Laestadian trance.

Toa`ipuapuagā (Strength in Suffering) Year: 2018 Director: Vea Mafile’o Duration: 10 minutes Language: English Nation: Tonga, Māori When a young Samoan woman is stricken with bleeding stigmata during an Easter church service, she faces adoration and condemnation from her deeply religious island community, whilst struggling with her life as a wife and mother.


Through Our Lens Thursday 19 March, 4:00 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2020 Nation: Māori, Sámi, Amis, Kasavakan Through Our Lens is a film leadership and collaboration initiative created by Māoriland Charitable Trust to grow the film skills and networks between Māori and other young Indigenous filmmakers.

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open Thursday 19 March, 3:00 pm Ngā Purapura Year: 2019 Director: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes Language: English Nation: Sámi, Blackfoot After a traumatic event, two Indigenous women in Vancouver form a deep bond despite leading different lives. 13 +


In two-day filmmaking workshops designed and led entirely by young Māori filmmakers (14-24) short films are created with other Indigenous youth. Films in this programme were made in Taiwan and Sápmi (Northern Finland) in January 2020.

One Day In The Life of Noah Piugattuk Thursday 19 March, 6:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Zacharias Kunuk Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes Language: Inukitut, English with English Subtitles Nation: Inuit A nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team, just as their ancestors did. A chance meeting soon opens the prospect for momentous change.


Marks of Mana Thursday 19 March, 6:30 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Lisa Taouma Duration: 56 minutes Language: English, Samoan with English Subtitles Nation: Samoan The practice of tatau in the Pacific was once the domain of women, yet this ancient female art has been sidelined by history. This is the story of Moana women who are once more etching the marks of their ancestors upon their bodies.

Take Home Pay Thursday 19 March, 8:00 pm Ngā Purapura Year: 2019 Director: Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes Language: English, Samoan with English subtitles Nation: Samoa

Alama refuses to go back to Samoa until he catches his brother Popo (Longi Taulafo), who took his hardearned money. Alama contacts his relative, aspiring Private Investigator Bob Titilo (Tofiga Fepulea’i), for help, though his ‘unconventional’ approach to solve the case may hinder more than it helps.



Fukry Thursday 19 March, 9:00 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Blackhorse Lowe Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Language: English, Navajo with English subtitles Nation: Navajo FUKRY is a doom rom-com set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This utterly unique feature film follows a group of Native American men and women as they go through the ups and downs of love. 18 + Screening with:

Ho mamma e dau for hælvete (Mum’s Dead For Fuck’s Sake) Year: 2019 Director: Per Ivar Jensen Duration: 14 minutes Language: Norwegian, Northern Sámi with English Subtitles Nation: Sámi Mum dies and old conflicts come back to life.


DAY THREE Sembradoras de Vida Friday 20 March, 9:30 AM, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Diego Sarmiento, Alvaro Sarmiento Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes Language: Quechua, Spanish with English Subtitles Nation: Quechua Five women from the Andean highlands struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. The women take on the role of protectors against the industrialisation of agriculture, the use of chemical pesticides and genetically modified seeds. Screening with:

Ko Au Te Awa Year: 2019 Director: Jonathan Carson, Caleb Kingi Duration: 15 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Te Atihaunui a Paparangi In 2017, the Whanganui river was granted legal personhood confirming what Māori already knew - the awa is an ancestor. Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au. I am the river and the river is me.

Wawa No Cidal Friday 20 March, 11:30 am, The Civic Theatre Year: 2016 Director: Cheng Yu-Chieh, Lekal Sumi Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes Language: Mandarin with English subtitles Nation: Amis, Taiwan Inspired by a true story, a woman returns home after years away from her village to find it overdeveloped and heavily influenced by tourism, so she sets out to reclaim her family’s land and culture.


Kia Manawanui Shorts Friday 20 March, 2:00 pm, The Civic Theatre The modern world contains many pressures that threaten Indigenous livelihoods. In these films, connection to land, culture and spirit provide a source of inner strength to do what must be done.

OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day Year: 2019 Director: Jules Koostachin Duration: 25 minutes Language: English

12-year-old twins cut their hair for the very first time in a Cree coming-of-age ceremony.

The Boxers of Brule Year: 2019 Director: Jessie Adler Duration: 38 minutes Language: English Nation: Choctaw/Seminole In the wake of her best friend’s suicide, a young woman creates a girls’ boxing team to heal through sport, sisterhood, and tradition. Shaionna leads the squad of sassy pre-teens to face the challenges of the reservation with relentless humour and slushy-stained smiles, fighting her own battle with addiction all the while.

Warburdar Bununu (Water Shield) Year: 2019 Director: Jason De Santolo Duration: 8 minutes Language: English Nation: Garrwa The impacts of mining flow through the landscape and deep into a community. Devastated by irrefutable evidence of water contamination, a young leader finds hope: In country and culture.


Nation: Cree, Attawapiskat First Nation


Long Time No Sea Friday 20 March, 4:15 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Tsui Yung-hui Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles Nation: Tao A pair of new shoes, a cross-sea competition, and a tribesman of oceans interweave a story of a child’s emotional courage in pursuit of dreams. Screening with

Midang Midang Year: 2019 Director: Alena Murang Duration: 3 minutes Language: Kelabit Nation: Kelabit Midang Midang was handed to Alena by her grand aunty Tepu’ Ira. It tells of a young girl, sitting watching the leaves of a fruit tree drying in the sun, as she calls out the name of the men whom she would like to shield her from the cool wind.

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story Friday 20 March, 5:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Nikki Si’ulepa Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes Language: English Nation: Satalo & Solaua Villages, Samoa A true New Zealand love story based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ hilarious journey in pursuit of rampant love.


Friday 20 March, 6:30 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2019 Director: Amanda Kernell Duration: 94 minutes Language: Swedish with English Subtitles Nation: Sámi Writer/director Amanda Kernell (Sámi Blood, 2017) returns with an intense portrait of the lawless force of an imperfect mother’s love. After a difficult divorce, Alice’s ex-husband keeps her from seeing her children, awaiting the final custody verdict in Northern Sweden. But when her weeping son calls her in the middle of the night she takes action. Alice abducts the children and heads to the Canary Islands, chased by the authorities and her ex-husband. Recommended for mature audiences. Screening with

The River Peka Year: 2019 Director: Dmitry Davydov Duration: 19 minutes Language: Russian with English Subtitles Nation: Yakut After a car accident claims the lives of their parents, teenage brothers are left with their grandfather, the younger in a wheelchair. Griefstricken, the older brother refuses to accept his brother’s disability. He decides to help him in an unusual way.




Blood Quantum Friday 20 March, 8:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2018 Director: Jeff Barnaby Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes Language: English Nation: Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the local tribal law enforcement, armed with nothing but a gun, a hangover, and a six-pack, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and drunken reserve riff-raff from the hordes of walking corpses infesting the streets of Red Crow. Restricted 18 +



Red Snow Friday 20 March, 9:00 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2019 Director: Marie Clements Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes Language: English Nation: Métis, Dene Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander release a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana. This binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they attempt escape across treacherous landscapes, and through a blizzard that reveals the key to their survival. Recommended 16 +



NATIVE MINDS NATIVE Minds is a series of interactive discussions examining how Indigenous thinking shapes our existence and our view of the world. Guest speakers from home and abroad offer their life experiences and ideas in these stimulating panel discussions. ME RERETAU Ā WAHO BE IN OUTWARD BALANCE


Saturday 21 March, 9:30 am, Māoriland Hub

Saturday 21 March, 11:00 am, Māoriland Hub

Many Indigenous films can be difficult, sad or heavy to watch. When the filmmakers of an Indigenous nation acquire the skills to tell the stories which need to be told, they often turn to tales of injustice and outrage. This vein of storytelling jolts us into a sense of understanding about the harsh realities suffered by so many. To entertain can be an unaffordable luxury - because the simple act of survival can be so overwhelming. The NATIVE Mind understands that in time, stories of light will balance more easily with those of the dark. How do we achieve this?

The life of a filmmaker is often shaped by the stories he or she may wish to tell. A documentary filmmaker may travel throughout many communities and countries in search of the right story to film. A filmmaker working in fiction may travel just as far to find the right story to rewrite into a drama, which will then be filmed. A filmmaker requires superior skill and superhuman persistence to make a living. A filmmaker who is ‘out of work’ is really only ‘between projects’. The NATIVE Mind knows an internal sense of balance is the only way anyone can be the best they need to be. How can filmmakers keep themselves safe?



Saturday 21 March, 12:30 pm, Māoriland Hub

Saturday 21 March, 3:30 pm, Ngā Purapura

Western story cycles in the media are driven by what is considered to be news. The clue is in the name. Anything ‘new’ is given prominence: In prime time, on the front page, or when it is liked, shared and memed around the planet. In an environment of instant mainstream appeal and access, Indigenous stories of existence struggle to be seen. Some, however, are shiny enough to become news. Standing Rock and Ihumātao became issues with widespread coverage and interest – until the interest shifted somewhere ‘new’. The NATIVE Mind seeks a long term relationship with an audience’s mind and heart, not a temporary seduction.

Dr Tasha Hubbard is a filmmaker from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory, Canada. In her powerful film Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up she tells a troubling story of the deep injustice surrounding the unlawful 2016 killing of a young Cree man named Colten Boushie. The case and the publicity it generated was a potent lesson in uniquely Canadian racism. Every country has stories it hides – to give them light is to force a country to cope with shame and disgust. The NATIVE Mind needs to be unflinching and honest as it seeks a balance with the past to protect the future.




Huahua Saturday 21 March, 9:00 am, Ngā Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Jose Espinosa Anguaya Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes Language: Spanish with English subtitles Nation: Kichwa A young aboriginal couple faces an unexpected pregnancy which sees them questioned about their identity and the world in which they will raise their child. Screening with

Liremu Barana (Soul of the Sea) Year: 2019 Director: Elvis Rigoberto, Caj Cojoc Duration: 9 minutes Language: Guarani Nation: Garifuna, Poqomchi, Kakchiquel Arisa dances every day and night to songs telling the struggles of her people. Her mother warns her not to make the same mistakes she did as a young woman.

Iomramh An Chamino The Camino Voyage Saturday 21 March, 11:00 am, Ngā Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Dónal Ó Céilleachair Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes Language: Irish, Gaelic, Spanish, French with English Subtitles Nation: Ireland A Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on an inspiring and dangerous 2,500 km Celtic odyssey from Ireland to Northern Spain, in a self-built traditional currach boat.


Impact Shorts (18+) Saturday 21 March, 10:00 am, The Civic Theatre This collection of short films spans a diverse range of life stories filled with beauty and tragedy. Recommended for mature audiences, this screening contains depictions of sexual and physical violence. 18 +

Die Like A Shark (Me Mate Ururoa) Year: 2019 Director: Nick Epstein Duration: 15 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngāti Porou


An ageing fighter’s life falls apart as he refuses to face the end of his oncebright career.

My Name is Mudju

Nancy From Now On

Year: 2018 Director: Chantelle Murray Duration: 14 minutes Language: English Nation: Bardi

Year: 2019 Director: Keely Meechan Duration: 19 minutes Language: English Nation: Aotearoa

Mudju’s daughter has been stolen, but Mudju will not submit - not to repeated violence or to the loss of her child visiting the mission each night for over 10 years. Mudju, a mother’s love will conquer all.

Nancy From Now On is a coming-ofage film about a young Māori boy with a burning desire to become a Drag Queen.



Moloka’i Bound

Year: 2019 Director: Awanui Simich-Pene Duration: 16 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto

Year: 2019 Director: Alika Maikau Duration: 8 minutes Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli

A pregnant woman must fight for her life when she inadvertently becomes a victim of a violent initiation.

A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.

Inyanka Sni

Ties That Bind

Year: 2018 Director: Razelle Benally Duration: 4 minutes Nation: Oglala Lakota, Diné

Year: 2018 Director: Michael Hudson Duration: 12 minutes Language: English Nation: Bangarang - Yorta Yorta Nation

Months after being assaulted, a young woman is overwhelmed by the presence of a man watching her.

A young man finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place. Hurt and frustrated, he is triggered to make a life-changing decision.


Whenua Shorts Saturday 21 March, 12:00 pm, The Civic Theatre PapatuÄ nuku, Mother Earth sustains us and gives us our identity. But she also needs us to protect her.

Along the Water’s Edge Year: 2019 Director: Jonathan Elliott Duration: 3 minutes Language: English Nation: Tuscarora Nation


Indigenous communities across Canada face water crises. Set in the near future, the film explores the potential impacts these crises can have on Indigenous people living in these communities, should the issues continue to be ignored.


Now Is The Time

Year: 2019 Director: Inuk Jorgensen Duration: 12 minutes Language: Danish with English Subtitles Nation: Greenlandic Inuit

Year: 2019 Director: Christopher Auchter Duration: 16 minutes Language: English Nation: Haida

The personal story of the greatest tragedy in Greenlandic maritime history, told by the grandson of one of the 95 passengers who lost their lives on the cold stormy night of January 30th, 1959, when M/S Hans Hedtoft - on its maiden voyage when it allegedly hit an iceberg.

At just 22 years old, Haida carver Robert Davidson carved the first totem poles to be seen in Haida Gwaii for almost a century. 50 years on, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter looks back on that momentous occasion.


Sky Aelan Year: 2019 Duration: 7 minutes Nation: Solomon Islands

Standing Above the Clouds

An island nation reflects on the sacred connection to their mountains. They are at risk of being lost to logging.

Year: 2019 Director: Jalena Keane Lee Duration: 15 minutes Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli

Shot and directed by nine Solomon Island filmmaker from multiple Indigenous communities around the country. Produced with support from Nia Tero Foundation.

The story of inter-generational women activists, Ku Kia’i Mauna (guardians of the mountain), who are at the forefront of the movement to stop an 18 storey telescope from being built on Mauna Kea.

The Crying Fields Year: 2019 Director: Hayley Morin Duration: 19 minutes Language: English Nation: Enoch Cree Nation In 2014, the Enoch Cree Nation discovered unexploded landmines left from World War II when their land was used as a practice bombing site. Forcing the closure of two vital parts of their community, the nation tries to pick up the pieces and move on.

Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Saturday 21 March, 1:30 pm, Ngā Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Tasha Hubbard Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes Language: English Nation: Cree On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a close-range gunshot wound after driving into Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands. Māoriland is honoured to host director, Tasha Hubbard alongside the Boushie whānau at this screening of Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. The screening will be followed by a NATIVE Minds session with Tasha and the Boushie whānau.




Mitzi Bearclaw Saturday 21 March, 2:00 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Shelley Niro Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes Language: English Nation: Mohawk Mitzi Bearclaw’s dream to design cool hats is put on hold when she decides to move back to her isolated home reserve to look after her sick mother.

Rustic Oracle Saturday 21 March, 6:00 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Sonia Boileau Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes Language: English Nation: Mohawk When her devoted sister vanishes from their Mohawk community, eightyear-old Ivy joins her mother Susan in a desperate search; one that lays bare the indifference of authorities to missing Indigenous teens. As their investigation leads them from their cloistered community, Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Le Dep) uncovers moments of warmth and grace in this delicate depiction of a child forging a stronger sense of identity and family by contending with the unthinkable. Recommended for audiences 13 +


Bingo Shorts (13+) Saturday 21 March, 5:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Love short films? Love playing Bingo or Housie? In this session, you can do both! Recommended for audiences 13 +

Giant Bear Year: 2018 Director: Neil Christopher, Daniel Gies Producer: Monica Ittusardjaut, Nadia Mike Duration: 12 minutes Language: Inukitut Nation: Inuit


A starving hunter’s quest for answers, leads him straight to a Nanurluk, an iceberg-sized polar bear. To survive he must pit his wits against a fearsome foe.



Year: 2018 Director: Joshua Manyheads Duration: 14 minutes Language: English Nation: Blackfoot Confederacy, Siksika Nation

Year: 2019 Director: Elle Sofe Sara Duration: 9 minutes Language: Sámi with English Subtitles Nation: Sámi

Ribadit or ‘pulling in the belt’ was a In a dystopian future, a group of misfits tradition in Sápmi. In this film, we meet seek refuge from the harsh winter and find two elders who have experienced this a strange Indigenous woman. Nightcrawler tikanga. is tasked with one simple goal: gain the woman’s trust and be invited to the old tribal reserve, a land of wealth and abundance. She offers more than they bargain for.


Pango Tales


Year: 2018 Director: Adrian Guerrero Duration: 4 minutes Nation: Quechua

Year: 2019 Director: Anthony Butters Duration: 7 minutes Language: MÄ ori, English Nation: NgÄ ti Kahungunu

Three pandas are embarking on a long journey. However, they can not imagine what awaits them after an event changes the course of their lives.

Gently Jennifer Year: 2019 Director: Katie Avery Duration: 9 minutes Language: English Nation: Inupiaq When Jennifer and Madison sneak a peek at a porn collection, one model stirs a deep desire within Jennifer.

A documentary made in the year 2057, exploring the events leading up to a world-changing moment.


Frozen II SPECIAL EVENT Saturday 21 March, 8:00 pm, Green Field outside Te Kura a Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano Year: 2019 Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes Language: English Nation: Sámi Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen 2, she must hope they are enough. Frozen 2 reunites the cast and creative team from the Academy Award® winning 2013 film Frozen - the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It was produced in consultation with Verddet, a Sámi advisory group combining playwrights, artists, historians, the International Sámi Film Institute, Sámi Parliament and elders.




The Cursed Harp Saturday 21 March, 8:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Peter Hiki Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes Language: Sakha with English Subtitles Nation: Sakha A young teacher, Sardaana arrives at a village for work as a teacher. She meets a young photographer Nyurgun, and he invites her to look at the museum full of spooky items. When Nyurgun is absent for business, Sardaana falls under the influence of the call of an ancient khomus in a locked box. With jumps and scares at every turn, this film is a must-see for any horror fan. Recommended for audiences 16 +


DAY FIVE Whānau Shorts Sunday 22 March, 10:00 am, The Civic Theatre These short films have a common thread to whānau - family.

Ani Year: 2018 Director: Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu Duration: 12 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa


9-year-old Ani drifts into a land of play and make-believe after her mother runs out on the family - leaving Ani and her father to fend for themselves.

Super Special

Maa Tuki

Year: 2019 Director: Kyrie MacTavish Writer: Ruby Solly Duration: 12 minutes Language: Māori, English Nation: Māori, Kai Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

Year: 2018 Director: Suchana Saha Duration: 4 minutes Language: Bengali with English Subtitles Nation: Bengali

In the midst of her first period, a quiet resilient young girl must choose between a surprise for her beloved little brother, or buying pads for herself.

A 25-year-old takes care of her mother in hospital. They delve into a nostalgic memory that forces them to acknowledge an undesirable change in their relationship.


Meet Munch Jr


Year: 2019 Director: Ali Cowley Duration: 7 minutes Language: English Nation: Samoa

Year: 2019 Director: Te Wairangi Ratana Duration: 5 minutes Language: English Nation: Tūhoe

A father’s love inspires an autistic teen to express himself by bringing his cartoon character to life.

After being confronted by her brother Rangi, Grace must reevaluate her selfdestructive tendencies.

Out Of Range


Year: 2019 Director: John Harvey Duration: 13 Minutes Language: English Nation: Torres Strait Islander

Year: 2019 Director: Ōriwa Hakaraia, Te Mahara Tamehana Duration: 12 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Kapu, Ngāti Hine

Eager to impress his estranged son, a father is forced to slow down when their road trip is suddenly interrupted.

Nan is Bub’s whole world. When Bub comes home to an empty house, he must summon all his bravery to wait out the long night.


Little Chief Year: 2019 Director: Erica Tremblay Duration: 11 minutes Language: English Nation: Seneca-Cayuga


The lives of a Native woman and a troubled young boy intersect over the course of a school day on a reservation in Oklahoma.

Words From A Bear Sunday 22 March, 9:30 am, NgÄ Purapura Year: 2018 Director: Jeffrey Palmer Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes Language: English Nation: Kiowa Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Navarro Scott Momaday. This profile delves into the psyche behind one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose.


In My Blood It Runs Sunday 22 March, 10:30 am, Raukawa Marae Year: 2019 Director: Maya Newell Producer: Larissa Behrendt, Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes Language: English, Arrernte Nation: Eualeyai, Kamillaroi, Iñupiaq/Sámi In My Blood It Runs is an observational feature documentary following 10-yr-old Arrernte Aboriginal boy Dujuan as he grows up in Alice Springs, Australia. “I was born a little Aboriginal kid,” explains Dujuan. “That means I had a memory – a memory about being Aboriginal.” Never more excited than when he’s talking about his heritage and homeland, the precocious 10-year-old has a strong connection to his culture, speaks three languages and works as a healer. But he also struggles with school, acts out in class, and attracts attention from the police and the welfare system. Intimate and impassioned, In My Blood It Runs follows Dujuan’s attempts to reconcile the traditions he holds dear with the colonised world he’s forced to inhabit.


For My Father’s Kingdom Year: 2019 Director: Vea Mafile’o, Jerry Tauamiti Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes Language: English, Tongan Nation: Tonga Driven by his deep faith in God and traditional culture, a flat-broke Tongan pensioner navigates not only the rough streets of South Auckland but also his tumultuous relationship with his New Zealand born son, who struggles to accept his father’s commitment to a Kingdom that tore their family apart. Screening with

You, The Choice of My Parents Year: 2019 Director: Meli Tuqota Jr Duration: 3 minutes Nation: Tonga A poetic journey through the life of a woman going through an arranged marriage. It is animated on traditional Tongan Cloth called Ngatu.


Sunday 22 March, 11:15 am, Ngā Purapura


Whakapapa Shorts Sunday 22 March, 12:30 pm, The Civic Theatre We are all connected by whakapapa to our ancestors.

Cedar Tree of Life Year: 2018 Director: Odessa Shuquaya Duration: 10 minutes Language: English Nation: Kluane First Nation Three women hold the knowledge of Cedar passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art. Cedar is a life-giver. Cedar is a transformer.

Dear Georgina


Year: 2019 Director: Tracy Rector Duration: 15 minutes Language: English Nation: Choctaw Seminole

Year: 2019 Director: Becs Arahanga Duration: 17 minutes Language: Māori Nation: Kai Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa ki Kati Hiku, Waitaha

A Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage.

On the day she gets her first period, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wānanga where her role within the tribe is revealed.




Year: 2019 Director: Chad Charlie Duration: 10 minutes Language: Nuu~Chah~Nulth Nation: Ahousaht First Nation

Year: 2019 Director: Victoria Hunt Duration: 9 minutes Language: English, MÄ ori Nation: Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, NgÄ ti Kahungunu I am the house and the house is me. I dance the history of the house and she reveals my history.


A young chief, Uu?uu~tah, is entrusted to be the whale hunter of his village. In order to undertake such a task, his grandmother leads him along the long hard pathway of his rite of purification and growth.



Year: 2019 Director: Tony Briggs Duration: 9 minutes Language: English Nation: Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri

Year: 2018 Director: Nanai Jeremiah Tauamiti Duration: 17 mins Nation: Samoan

A young man begins to learn the tools to maintain the future of his culture. His classroom is the expansive country of his ancestors. Is he ready for the challenge placed before him, and will he know what to do when the time comes?

A young native court interpreter must choose his words carefully, as a Matai fights for her family and defends a culture binding them both.


We The Voyagers: Lata's Children Sunday 22 March, 1:00 pm, Raukawa Marae Year: 2019 Director: Marianne George, Dixon Holland Duration: 2 hours Language: English Nation: Taumako We are the crew of Lata, our Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. This is the real ‘Moana’! In this session we will screen two episodes from the series, Our Moana and Our Vaka travelling through time to explore Lata's world, skills and motivations so as to better understand our future.


Patutiki: L’Art du Tatouage des Iles Marquises Year: 2019 Director: Christophe Cordier, Heretu Tetuhiotupa Duration: 55 minutes Language: Marquesan with English Subtitles Nation: Henua Enana The last of the “black-skinned” elders find unique ways to guard their people’s precious history, and rediscover and celebrate their nearly lost identity through Patutiki, the art of Marquesan tattoo. Screening with

Ayuuk: personas de la lengua florida Year: 2019 Director: Areli Ramírez Duration: 13 minutes Language: Ayuuk with English Subtitles Nation: Mazahua First People In the Oaxaca Mountains, Mexico, the Mixe Baja develop strategies to hide and preserve their language after five centuries of Spanish colonisation.


Sunday 22 March, 1:30 pm, Ngā Purapura


My Dear Mother Sunday 22 March, 2:30 pm, The Civic Theatre Year: 2019 Director: Paul Anders Simma Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes Language: Russian, Sámi with English Subtitles Nation: Sámi Tasha is a nine-year-old Lapp girl held at a Russian orphanage despite having parents who are alive and well. In the background of Tasha’s fate lurks the greater global narrative about the stolen generations, placed in orphanages hoping that they might be assimilated into the majority population.

Docos Under The Skin Sunday 22 March, 3:30 pm, Raukawa Marae

Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum Year: 2019 Director: Anna Hoover Duration: 3 minutes Language: English Nation: Native Alaskan A glimpse into the Native Art Gallery at the new Burke Museum in Seattle.

This Ink Runs Deep Year: 2019 Director: Asia Youngman Duration: 16 minutes Language: D’harawal, Darug, and Dhurga Nation: Cree, Métis, Haudenosaunee Travel across Canada and explore the revitalisation of traditional marks. In this doco we learn about the significance of tattoos for different Indigenous cultures; why they disappeared, and why they are now being brought back to life.


Year: 2020 Director: Benji Timu Duration: 13 minutes Language: English, Samoan with English Subtitles Nation: Sāmoa - Letogo, Kuki Airani Aitutaki/Mangaia A personal journey for Benji, a secondgeneration Aotearoa-born Samoan receiving the Pe’a, covering the body from the waist to the knees. A recollection of the seven days of this spiritual and painful experience.

Ruahine: Stories In Her Skin Year: 2019 Director: Hiona Henare Duration: 40 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāi Tara, Mūaupoko To receive a moko kauae is to assert a Māori woman’s birthright and identity while celebrating the mana of her whakapapa. In Māori tradition, the head is considered the most tapu part of the human body making the practice of moko kauae highly prestigious and exclusive to Māori women.

Yakonnhéhkwen Year: 2019 Director: Candace Maracle Duration: 16 minutes Language: English Nation: Kanyen’kehá:ka Yakonnhéhkwen is a Kenyen’kéha word meaning “it sustains her”. This short film is about one woman in the depths of depression finding healing, self-value and her culture through the Iroquoian art of black ash basketry.


Tatau; The Tales of Diaspora


NATIVE Slam V SPECIAL EVENT Sunday 22 March, 5:00 pm, Ngā Purapura The premiere of the 5th Māoriland NATIVE Slam. In just 72 hours before the start of this year’s Māoriland Film Festival, four teams of international Indigenous filmmakers have created bold new works. Come see the proof that when passion, skill and a willingness to collaborate are combined: magic happens!

Badjealbmá Čalmmiiguin (Through A Reindeer Herder's Eyes) Sunday 22 March, 3:15 pm, Ngā Purapura Year:2019 Director: Aslak Paltto Duration: 58 minutes Language: Northern Saami Nation: Saami Over the past ten years reindeer herder and journalist Aslak Paltto has documented the growing number of predators in traditional reindeer herding areas in Sápmi. Bears, wolves and wild cats protected by state laws and conservationists threaten the livelihood of the reindeer and the Sámi whose traditional existence is inextricably linked to their survival.



The Sun Above Me Never Sets Sunday 22 March, 6:00 pm, Ngā Purapura

Altan gets a job on a desolate island. Unsure and alone, Altan discovers he has a neighbour – elderly Baibal with a special request. Baibal is ready for death and asks the boy to bury him near his wife’s grave when he dies. Afraid of this request, Altan does everything to make the old man look forward to living another beautiful day.



8:30 pm at the Māoriland Hub

• Best Regalia

Dress to impress for the Māoriland

• Best Frock • Best Suit

Red Carpet Party with special

• Most Sequins

top-secret international guests!

• Best outfit purchased from a local Op shop (must show receipt of sale).

It’s an opportunity to celebrate our filmmakers when we award the people’s choice for MFF2020 as decided by you, our audience.

Tickets to the Māoriland Red Carpet Party are $30 and can be purchased at the Māoriland Hub or online via


Year: 2019 Director: Lyubov Borisova Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes Language: Sakha with English Subtitles Nation: Sakha


Kākano Experience our Kākano mini-cinema at Ngā Purapura and enjoy intimate documentaries from across the Indigenous world. Open Thursday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

Mō Te Iwi: Carving for the People

Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

10:00 am daily

12:30 pm daily

Year: 2019 Director: Robin Greenberg Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Atiawa

Year: 2019 Director: Naomi Mizoguchi Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes Language: Japanese with English Subtitles Nation: Ainu

Traditional carver Rangi Hetet is one of the last remaining carvers of a group, led by Hone Taiapa, called ‘Kōnae Aronui’. For those who know little about whakairo, the film gives an insight into the life of a carver and the maintenance of art forms that are native to Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Ainu are the Indigenous people of Japan. Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was previously called Ainumosir, or ‘Land of the Ainu’. This documentary was filmed in Biratori town in Hokkaido, where many people with Ainu roots still live.

Tapu Te Ranga Marae

He Hekenga Tūhura

2:00 pm daily

3:00 pm daily

Year: 2019 Director: Ness Patea Duration: 28 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Maniapoto

Year: 2019 Director: Allan George Duration: 8 minutes Language: English, Māori Nation: Ngāti Kahungunu

In June 2019, Tapu Te Ranga Marae was devastated by fire, just two years after the passing of founder Bruce Stewart. This documentary tells the rich history of the Marae as remembered by Bruce in the last years of his life.

In Sir Hekenukumai Pūhipi’s (1932 - 2019) final interview, he looks back on his legacy of celestial navigation and waka building, and considers who will carry the mantle into the future. KAKANO



Industry Events Accessible by industry and filmmaker pass only. WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE SAME S**T. WHO’S ON OUR SIDE? Friday 20 March, 9:30 am, Māoriland Hub A brainstorming session about ways to get our films out there into the world. I’M A FILMMAKER, I’M NOT OKAY Friday 20 March, 11:00 am, Māoriland Hub

SPEED DATING @ MĀORILAND Wednesday 18 March, 3:00 pm, Māoriland Hub Want to meet an international festival director? Or connect with a filmmaker or funder? Māoriland Speed Dating puts you in direct contact with some of the enablers in the industry. MASTERCLASS; HOW DO I FIND PRIVATE SUPPORT FOR MY PROJECT?

In 2017 the #MeToo movement ignited serious conversations about sexual misconduct, assault and mistreatment in the film and media industries. It’s time to decolonise the industry and talk about our mental health, lateral violence and other harmful behaviours. MĀORILAND PITCH Friday 20 March, 2:00 pm, Māoriland Hub Pre registration necessary. Only invited filmmakers allowed to pitch on the day.

Thursday 19 March, 10:00 am, Māoriland Hub

Rangatahi Pitch (under 24) 2 x $500

In this masterclass, filmmakers share their experiences and successes in getting private support.

Māoriland Pitch 2 x $2,000 each


Visit Mā for pitch criteria.

Friday 20 March, 8:30 am, Māoriland Hub Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast, cand a collegial coffee as we fuel up for the day ahead.

M.A.T.C.H - Tech Creative Pitch 1 x $1,500



RU 2019 Dir. Awanui Simich-Pene 46

Ani 2018 Dir. Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu 55

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story 2019 Dir. Nikki Si’ulepa 3 8

Bellbird 2018 Dir. Hamish Bennett 30

Super Special 2019 Dir. Kyrie MacTavish 55

Bub 2019 Dir. Ōriwa Hakaraia, Te Mahara Tamehana 25, 56

The Legend of Baron To’a 2020 Dir. Kiel McNaughton 29

Combination 2019 Dir. Anthony Butters 52 Die Like A Shark (Me Mate Ururoa) 2019 Dir. Nick Epstein 45 Hinekura 2019 Dir. Becs Arahanga 20, 60

Tuahine 2019 Dir. Te Waiarangi Ratana 6 Ways To See 2019 Dir. Jessica Sanderson 30 Tamatoa (Boy Warrior) 2019 Dir. Sarah Maddick 26 AUSTRALIA

Koro 2019 Dir. Nicholas Riini 31

Elders 2019 Dir. Tony Briggs 61

Krystal 2019 Dir. Briar Grace-Smith 21

My Name is Mudju 2018 Dir.Chantelle Murray 45

Liliu 2018 Dir. Nanai Jeremiah Tauamiti 61

Ties That Bind 2019 Dir. Michael Hudson 46

Nancy From Now On 2019 Dir. Keely Meechan 45 Real Eels 2019 Dir. Julianna, Kiarah, Angelica - Point England Primary School 24 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Miracle? 2018 Dir. Astarlii Taokia, Jette Johnson 22

AUSTRALIA / AOTEAROA Take 2019 Dir. Victoria Hunt Canada 61 CANADA Giant Bear 2018 Dir. Neil Christopher / Daniel Gies 20, 51


Pūrakau | Drama


Along the Water’s Edge 2019 Dir. Jonathan Elliott 47

XO Rad Magical 2019 Dir. Christopher Gilbert Grant 32

Blood Quantum 2019 Dir. Jeff Barnaby 40

COLOMBIA Pango Tales 2018 Dir. Adrian Guerrero 52

How Nivi Got Her Names 2019 Dir. Laura Deal 22 Kaiyii (Meat) 2018 Dir. Joshua Manyheads 51 Mitzi Bearclaw 2019 Dir. Shelley Niro 50 One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk 2019 Dir. Zacharias Kunuk 33 Red Snow 2019 Dir. Marie Clements 41 Rustic Oracle 2019 Dir. Sonia Boileau 50 The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open 2019 Dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn 33 Tsi Teyoto:te (Even In the Silence) 2019 Dir. Jonathan Elliott 31 Uu?uu~tah (Whale Hunter) 2019 Dir. Chad Charlie 25, 61 Wamin 2018 Dir. Katherine Nequado 20 Watching the Moon 2018 Dir. Anthony Oginany, Rose-Aimee Papatie 27 What’s My Superpower? 2019 Dir. Justin Heymans 23

FIJI You, the Choice of My Parents 2019 Dir. Meli Tuqota Jr 59 FINLAND Kuobžâ já mun (The Bear and I) 2019 Dir. Heli Huovinen 23 Badjealbm. Čalmmiiguin (Through A Reindeer Herder's Eyes) 2019 Dir. Aslak Paltto 66 GUAM I Matai (The Dead) 2016 Dir. Kyle Perron, Nico Serneo 31 GUATEMALA / NORWAY Liremu Barana (Soul of the Sea) 2019 Dir. Elvis Rigoberto 44 INDIA Maa Tuki (Find me Mother) 2018 Dir. Suchana Saha 55 IRAN Snowy Heart 2019 Dir. Alireza Biglari 23 MALAYSIA Midang Midang (Leaves in the Sun) 2019 Dir. Sarah Lois Dorai 38 NORWAY Ho mamma e dau for hælvete (Mum’s Dead for Fuck’s Sake) 2019 Dir. Per Ivar Jensen 35




The Cursed Harp 2019 Dir. Peter Hiki 54

Take Home Pay 2019 Dir. Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa 34

The River Peka 2019 Dir. Dmitrii Davydov 39

Pakipūmeka | Documentary

The Sun Above Me Never Sets 2019 Dir. Liubov Borisova 66



Colonisation 2019 Dir. Dan Mace 26

Charter 2019 Dir. Amanda Kernell 39

For My Father’s Kingdom 2019 Dir. Vea Mafile’o, Jerry Tauamiti 59


He Hekenga Tūhura (A Voyage of Discovery) 2019 Dir. Allan George 26

Wawa No Cidal (Panay) 2016 Dir. Yu-Chieh Cheng 36 UNITED STATES Fukry 2019 Dir. Blackhorse Lowe 35 Frozen II 2019 Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee 5 3

Ko Au Te Awa (I Am The River) 2019 Dir. Jonathan Carson, Caleb Kingi 36 Marks of Mana 2018 Dir. Lisa Taouma 34 Meet Munch Jr 2019 Dir. Ali Cowley 22, 56 MO TE IWI: Carving for the People 2019 Dir. Robin Greenberg 68

Gently, Jennifer 2019 Dir. Katie Avery 52

Protect 2019 Dir. Tommy Tran 25

Inyanka Sni 2018 Dir. Razelle Benally 4 6

Ruahine: Stories In Her Skin 2019 Dir. Hiona Henare 65

Little Chief 2019 Dir. Erica Tremblay 57

Sons of Blackbird 2019 Dir. Onehou Strickland 21

Moloka’i Bound 2019 Dir. Alika Maikau 46

Tatau: The Tales of Diaspora 2020 Dir. Benji Timu 65

Nimkii 2019 Dir. Shane McSauby 26

Tapu Te Ranga Marae 2019 Dir. Vanessa Patea 69


Long Time No Sea 2018 Dir. Yung-Hui Tsi 38


Tell me I can’t 2018 Dir. Struan Purdie 21

OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day 2019 Dir. Jules Arita Koostachin 37

Toa`ipuapuagā (Strength in Suffering) 2018 Dir. Vea Mafile’o 32

The Crying Fields 2019 Dir. Hayley Morin 48


This Ink Runs Deep 2019 Dir. Asia Youngman 64

In My Blood It Runs 2019 Dir. Maya Newell 58 Warburdar Bununu (Water Shield) 2019 Dir. Jason De Santolo 37 CANADA Caribou in the Archive 2019 Dir. Jennifer Dysart 31 Cedar Tree of Life 2018 Dir. Odessa Shuquaya 60 It’s Me, Landon 2018 Dir. Landon Moise 24 Kuujjuaq Hockey 2017 Dir. Sammy Gadbois 27 Listuguj Mi’gmak Legends 2018 Dir. Mr. Parker’s Grade 7 class Alaqsite’w Gitpu School 24 Ma fierté (My Pride) 2018 Dir. Kassandra Vollant 21 My Favourite Food is Indian Tacos, my Favourite Drink is Iced Tea and my Favourite Thing is Drumming 2018 Dir. Derius Matchewan 23 Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up 2019 Dir. Tasha Hubbard 43, 49 Now Is The Time 2019 Dir. Christopher Auchter 47

Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her) 2019 Dir. Tyotsi’tsyatyerenhton (Candace) Maracle 65 ECUADOR Huahua (Child) 2018 Dir. Jose Espinosa 44 FINLAND Gáidat / máhccat (Dissociate) 2019 Dir. Sunna Nousuniemi 31 FINLAND / NORWAY / SWEDEN My Dear Mother 2019 Dir. Paul-Anders Simma 64 FRENCH POLYNESIA Patutiki: L’Art du Tatouage des Iles Marquises (Patutiki: The Story of Marquesan Tattoo) 2019 Dir. Christophe Cordier, Heretu Tetuhiotupa 63 GREENLAND Hedtoft 2019 Dir. Inuk Jørgensen 47 IRELAND Iomramh An Chamino (The Camino Voyage) 2018 Dir. Dónal Ó Céilleachairn 44


JAPAN AINU Hito | Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan 2019 Dir. Naomi Mizoguchi 68 MEXICO Ayuuk: personas de la lengua florida (Ayuuk: people of the flowerly language) 2019 Dir. Areli Ramírez 63

Words From A Bear 2018 Dir. Jeffrey Palmer 57 Standing Above the Clouds 2019 Dir. Jalena Keane Lee 48

Ao Mariko | Virtual Reality



Giitu Giitu (Thank you Lord) 2019 Dir. Elle Sofe Sara 2

Whakakitenga 2020 Dir. Wiremu Grace, Miriam Ross, Paul Wolffram 16

Ribadit (Pulling in the belt) 2019 Dir. Elle Sofe Sara 51 PERU Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the land) 2019 Dir. Alvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento 36 SOLOMON ISLANDS Sky Aelan (Sky Islands) 2020 Dir. We are a collective of nine directors all from different families and tribal groups 48 We, the Voyagers: Our Moana, Our Vaka 2020 Dir. Marianne George, Dixon Holland 62

AUSTRALIA Barrawao (Flying) 2019 Dir. Andrew Burrell, Shannon Foster, Rachel Hendery, Danièle Hromek, Louisa King 15 TAIWAN A Song Within Us 2019 Dir. Fangas Nayaw 15 UNITED STATES Unceded Territories 2019 Dir. Paisley Smith, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun 16


Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum 2019 Dir. Anna Hoover 64 The Boxers of Brule 2019 Dir. Jessie Adler 37


Dear Georgina 2019 Dir. Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip 60


Māoriland Film Festival 2020 RAUKAWA MARAE



WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2020 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Powhiri

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Māoriland Keynote

3:00 - 4:00 pm Industry: Speed Dating


10:00 am Industry Masterclass: How Do I Find Private Support?

2:30 pm VR Kōrero FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020 8:30 am Industry: Industry Breakfast 9:30 am - 10:30 am Industry: We Keep Talking About The Same S**T, Who’s On Our Side? 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Industry: I’m a Filmmaker, I’m Not Okay 2:00 pm Industry: Pitch SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2020 9:30 am - 10:30 am NATIVE Minds: Everything in Balance

11:00 am - 12:00 pm NATIVE Minds: How To Nurture Ourselves

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NATIVE Minds: Is Anyone Watching? SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2020 10:30 am - 12:30 pm In My Blood It Runs (Australia) 1:00 - 3:00 pm We the Voyagers: Lata's Children (Solomon Islands, USA) 3:30 - 5:00 pm Docos Under The Skin

8:30 pm Special Events: Red Carpet Party




8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Opening Night: The Legend of Baron To’a (NZ) 9:30 am - 11:30 am MRFF: E Tu Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Bellbird (Te Reo Māori, Aotearoa)

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm MRFF: Ngā Matauranga Shorts 13 +

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Wairua Shorts 16 +

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (Canada)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Through Our Lens

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Marks of Mana (NZ)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Take Home Pay (NZ)

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Fukry (USA) 18+

10:00 am - 11:00 am MRFF: Ngā Raurekau Shorts

9:30 am - 11:30 am Sembradoras de vida (Peru)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MRFF: Ngā Pūtake Shorts

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Wawa No Cidal (Taiwan)

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm Long Time No Sea (Taiwan)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Kia Manawanui Shorts

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm Charter (Sweden)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story (NZ)

9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Red Snow (Canada)

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Blood Quantum (Canada, 18+)

9:00 am - 10:45 AM Huahua (Ecuador)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Impact Shorts 18 +

11:00 am - 1:00 pm The Camino Voyage (Ireland)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Whenua Shorts

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Canada)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mitzi Bearclaw (Canada)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NATIVE Minds: We Will Stand Up

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm Rustic Oracle (Canada, M)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Bingo Shorts 8:00 pm FREE Whānau Outdoor Screening Frozen 2 (103 min)

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm The Cursed Harp (Sakha)

9:30 am - 11:20 am Words From A Bear (USA)

10:00 - 11:30 am Whānau Shorts

11:15 am - 1:15 pm For My Father’s Kingdom (NZ)

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm Whakapapa Shorts

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Through A Reindeer Herder's Eyes (Sámi) 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm NATIVE Slam V 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm Closing Night: The Sun Above Me Never Sets (Sakha)

2:30 pm - 4:20 pm My Dear Mother (Sámi)


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Patutiki: L’Art du Tatouage des Iles Marquises Marquesas

Tāria taku moko Māori ki ngā kiriata o te wā Embed my Native Soul in Film This programme is dedicated to all our dear friends and partners in the Native Film Circle with much aroha for a bountiful year of Indigenous storytelling. To all of you who have travelled from near and far, thank you for coming to Ōtaki and for sharing the love we all have for a good story, a remarkable film, and each other. We hope your time at Māoriland is enjoyable, and that what you have seen and experienced will expand you in wonderful ways. For more information about our year-round events, visit us online at Māoriland is a registered charitable trust. To support Māoriland contact us on Māoriland is committed to reducing our impact on our environment. Please look after this programme as copies are limited. You can find the programme online at https://issuu. com/maorilandfilmfestival