MĀORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 2015

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.

OUR VENUES

Civic Theatre
16 Main Street, Otaki

Hadfield Hall
47 Te Rauparaha Street, Otaki

Ngā Purapura
144 Tasman Rd, Otaki

Rangiatea Church
33 Te Rauparaha Street, Otaki

Raukawa Marae
90 Mill Road, Otaki

2015 KIRIATA | FEATURE FILMS


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DON’T LET IT GET YOU

Dir: John O’Shea
1966
Aotearoa

“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.

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HAUTOA MĀ! THE DEADLANDS

Dir: Toa Fraser
2014
Aotearoa

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.
(R16)

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THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME

Dir: Sterlin Harjo
2014
USA

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.

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SATELLITE BOY

Dir: Catriona McKenzie
2012
Australia

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.

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THE ROCKET

Dir: Kim Mordaunt
2015
Australia

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.

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A WHITE DAY

Dir: Michail Lukachevskyi
2014
Russia

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.

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LO QUE LLEVA EL RIO, GONE WITH THE RIVER VENEZUELA

Dir: Mario Crespo
2014
Venezuela

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.

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DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

Dir: Sydney Freeland
2014
USA

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.

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THE DARK HORSE

Dir: James Napier
2014
Aotearoa

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


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SUME: SOUND OF A REVOLUTION

Dir: Inuk Silis Høegh
2014
Greenland

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.

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BLACK PANTHER WOMAN

Dir: Rachel Perkins
2014
Australia

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.

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REEL INJUN

Dir: Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes
2009
Canada

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.

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POLYNESIAN PANTHERS

Nevak ‘Ilolahia
2010
Aotearoa

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.

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TREADING WATER

Dir: Janelle Wookey & Jeremie Wookey
2014
Canada

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.

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NADIE ESPECIAL, NOBODY SPECIAL

Dir: Juan Alejandro Ramirez
2013
Peru

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.

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VISIONS IN THE DARK: THE LIFE OF PINKY THOMPSON

Dir: Ty Sanga
2014
Hawaii

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.

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MY THREE FAMILIES

Dir: Todd Russell
2014
Australia

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: tania@maorilandfilm.co.nz

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

ONLINE PUBLISHING

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

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