The Māoriland Film Festival Programme in 2015 presented 11 feature films, 12 shorts programmes and 7 documentaries over 6 days in Ōtaki, Aotearoa.
Some 5000 people watched and enjoyed films from around the indigenous world.
These films were curated and presented with much love for the taonga (treasures) that they are.
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2015 KIRIATA | FEATURE FILMS
DON’T LET IT GET YOU
Dir: John O’Shea
“The big ALL FUN show for the whole family to enjoy!” was the tagline for this musical comedy classic. Sir Howard Morrison (as himself) and Rotorua are the stars in the tiki-flavoured tale.
Moving from Sydney to a Rotorua music festival the plot centres on a romance between a young drummer (Gary Wallace) and his girl Judy (Carmen Duncan) and the hurdles they face to stay true. But this is only an excuse for a melange of madcap, pep-filled musical fun.
HAUTOA MĀ! THE DEADLANDS
Dir: Toa Fraser
After his fellow tribesmen are slaughtered by rampaging warriors, a Maori teenager travels to a land haunted by malevolent spirits to ask a flesh-eating monster to help him take revenge.
THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME
Dir: Sterlin Harjo
An investigation into Native American filmmaker Harjo’s family history, namely the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather and the songs of encouragement sung by those who searched for him.
Dir: Catriona McKenzie
Satellite Boy is a 2012 Australian film about a young Aboriginal boy struggling to maintain the traditions of his heritage in the modern world when a mining company expands into the region.
Dir: Kim Mordaunt
Good-natured Ahlo has no idea of the tragic circumstances which surrounded his birth. His childhood seems to be ill-fated: when his family has to leave their village to make way for a dam, a terrible accident follows. Together with his father and grandmother, he is sent to a camp where he incurs the wrath of the other camp-dwellers. They soon make up their mind that Ahlo is cursed and brings bad luck. His only friend is Kia, who lives with her uncle Purple and knows all too well what it’s like to be an outcast. The group’s search for a new home leads them through the Laotian outback. Here, they come across a rocket festival that holds an entire village on tenterhooks. At last, Ahlo sees a chance to prove he is lucky rather than cursed and he takes part in the dangerous competition. The Rocket combines this boy’s moving story with a fascinating insight into living conditions in a country shaped by poverty and superstition.
A WHITE DAY
Dir: Michail Lukachevskyi
On a frozen dark night in remote Siberia, a group of strangers travel home together in a van. When the driver refuses to stop for an elder, a darkening shadow looms over what could possibly be the most tragic night of their lives. This dramatic and thrilling feature with its poetic pacing and exquisite cinematography is easily one of Lukachevskyi’s finest works.
LO QUE LLEVA EL RIO, GONE WITH THE RIVER VENEZUELA
Dir: Mario Crespo
For Dauna, life on the Orinoco delta cultivated a strong curiosity for what lay beyond the river. Her natural talent for language and learning was always nurtured by her family and Father Julio.
Exuberant cinematography accentuates this sensitive representation of culture as a live organism in need of constant evolution.
Dir: Sydney Freeland
Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.
THE DARK HORSE
Dir: James Napier
The Dark Horse is an emotionally-charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities – finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community.
PAKIPŪMEKA | DOCUMENTARY
SUME: SOUND OF A REVOLUTION
Dir: Inuk Silis Høegh
From 1973 to 1976 the Greenlandic rock band Sumé released three albums and changed the history of Greenland. The group’s political songs were the first to be recorded in the Greenlandic language — a language that prior to Sumé didn’t have words for “revolution” or “oppression”.
After 250 years of Danish colonization Sumé set in motion a revival of Greenlandic culture and identity, and paved the way for a Greenlandic home rule government.
BLACK PANTHER WOMAN
Dir: Rachel Perkins
In 1972 Marlene Cummins fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. With the break up of that relationship, she spiralled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vulnerable. Forty years later Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. Still struggling with addiction, she reveals the secrets she has held onto, to face her demons today.
Dir: Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes
Reel Injun is a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film.
Reel Injun is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the United States to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history.
From the Dawn Raids to Bastion Point & the Springbok Tour – Nevak ‘Ilolahia explores a movement co-founded by her Uncle Will, set up in the early 70s to liberate Maori and Pacific Islanders in NZ.
Dir: Janelle Wookey & Jeremie Wookey
In the spring of 2011, a so-called once-in-300-years flood consumed southern Manitoba and threatened the city of Winnipeg and surrounding communities.
In an effort to protect this land, the provincial government purposefully flooded the area around Lake St. Martin, displacing thousands of First Nations people. Forced from their homes and placed in temporary accommodations, the members of the Lake St. Martin First Nation initially thought they would be gone for a few weeks. Three years later, they still haven’t returned home.
Treading Water takes us on a journey to the Lake St. Martin First Nation — and the Winnipeg hotels where many still reside — and explores the political spider web that has entangled this community and prevents them from going home.
NADIE ESPECIAL, NOBODY SPECIAL
Dir: Juan Alejandro Ramirez
With a subject matter that transcends borders, this powerful, lyrical work captures a woman’s losing battle against poverty. While her resolve remains strong, she must fight constant challenges — and a perhaps inevitable fate — to restore the pieces of her dignity, long-eroded by poverty’s curse.
VISIONS IN THE DARK: THE LIFE OF PINKY THOMPSON
Dir: Ty Sanga
Pinky Thompson thought bigger than himself and further than the single cause at hand. He fought hard against the stigma of an inferior Native Hawaiian. A multifaceted cultural identity was the key to their ultimate survival. He championed a health care system, created invaluable educational programs and strengthened the pride of Native Hawaiians. He envisioned an ideal Hawaiʻi that no one else saw and fought for it from the battle fields of Normandy, down the steps of congress, to his humble home in Niu valley.
MY THREE FAMILIES
Dir: Todd Russell
As a four year old child, Sue Gordon AM was forcibly removed from her mother’s care under the auspices of the Native Act. She was placed in the Sister Kate’s Children’s Cottage Home in Perth, Western Australia where she lived for the next fourteen years.
SHORT FILM PROGRAMMES
MĀORILAND SHORTS #1: A SELECTION OF MĀORI FILMS FROM TE ARAWA
MĀORILAND SHORTS #2: KOKO G PRESENTS SHORT FILMS FOR TAMARIKI
MĀORILAND SHORTS #3: FILMS FROM TE MOANA NUI A KIWI
MĀORILAND SHORTS #4: SHORT FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
HISTORIC FILMS – IWI IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TE ARAWA
SUNDANCE SHORTS #1: SHORT FILMS FROM THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
SAMI 7: SEVEN SHORT FILMS FROM THE SAMI NATION
BERLINALE SHORTS: SHORT FILMS FROM THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
AUSTRALIA SHORTS #1: SHORT FILMS FROM ABORIGINAL FILMMAKERS
AUSTRALIA SHORTS #2: SHORT FILMS FROM ABORIGINAL FILM MAKERS
KANATA SHORTS #1: FRESH FROM THE IMAGINENATIVE FILM FESTIVAL
THE OOKY SPOOKIES: FRIGHTENING FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
MFF KŌRERO & WORKSHOPS
MĀORILAND KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LAWRENCE MAKOARE REFLECTS ON HIS CAREER IN FILM
MFF KŌRERO #1: THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF TE REO MĀORI FILM, HAUTOA MĀ! THE DEADLANDS
MFF KŌRERO #2: SHOW EM WHAT YOU GOT!
Well known Māori actors share the aroha.
MFF KŌRERO #3 SOUND MAKES A FILM, AN UNMISSABLE JOURNEY INTO SOUND DESIGN
AHO SHORTS: INDIE FILMMAKERS PANEL & SCREENING
TE WĀNANGA O RAUKAWA PRESENTS MĀORILAND FILM INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS
GETTING YOUR FILM TO THE WORLD
Wanda Vanderstoop, VTape (Toronto) discusses how a film gets to be seen around the world. A must for filmmakers and those interested in film.
Thursday 26th March, 12:15-13:15, Ngā Purapura
FROM KAPA HAKA TO KAI RĀKAU
Wetini Mitai-Ngatai /Te Arawa shares his journey from leader of one of Aotearoa’s top Kapa teams to a new historical drama series on Māori Television.
Friday 27th March, 12:15-13:15, Wharekai, Te Wānanga O Raukawa
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Ryan Alexander Lloyd / Ngai Tahu runs a hands-on lighting and cinematographer workshop. Max of 18 people. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 28th March, 10:00 – 13:00, Ngā Purapura Room 1
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Chelsea Winstanley / Ngāti Ranginui Producer of What We Do In The Shadows shares the story of self funding an international film with the help of thousands of supporters!
Saturday 28th March, 11-12pm, Ngā Purapura, Room 1
Dr. Ella Henry/Ngā Puhi and Reece Howard show you how to produce and distribute online marketing material and publicity for your films.
Sunday 29th March, 10:30-11:30, Ngā Purapura Room 1