27 MARCH 2016
10 – 11:15 AM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Ruben Carrillo
This coming of age film captures the history making voyage of 14 students from Halau Holomoana on a 1500 mile journey of a lifetime. Lead by Bonnie Kahape’a-Tanner, the students train for months to prepare themselves for a 10 day open ocean sail to Papahanaumokuakea. A dream that began years before would be realized aboard the 96 foot schooner named Makani Olu.
The film chronicles the transformation of 3 high school seniors. For one a struggle to find himself leads to a confrontation with the law and would threaten his chance of boarding the vessel. For another, his love of the ocean would become his career of choice. And the third, she would experience a deep unexplainable connection to her ancestors, unable to describe the sense of feeling at home in a place more than 400 miles away from the only home sheʻd ever known.
The voyage named Ola I Ke Au A Kanaloa charts a course leaving the security and familiarity of home into a realm they had only studied about, challenging even the strongest of them. Along with modern instrumentation students used traditional way finding techniques steering by the stars and swells.
10:30 – 11:45 AM | NGĀ PURAPURA
11:30 – 12PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
A PARISH APART
Directed by Sinead Donnelly
VANUATU WOMEN’S WATER MUSIC
Directed by Tim Cole
The performers of the Vanuatu Women’s Water Music group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Vanuatu. They travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Lang dances as a prelude to the mystical water music, dressed in their traditional costumes of Gaua and Mere Lava made from flowers and leaves, coconuts and pandanus. Their performance is truly mesmerizing as they reimagine the old with contemporary expressions of Matto – bringing together traditional beats and rhythms with ukulele-led melodies and soaring vocal harmonies.
12 – 1 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
1:30 – 3 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Tony Vainuku (Tongan American) and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the Nfl. A contemporary American story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers.
With unprecedented access and shot over a four year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football. Directed by first time feature filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, In Football We Trust takes us into the lives of these high school athletes and their families.
2:30 – 4 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
NGATAHI – KNOW THE LINKS
Directed by Dean Hapeta
Billed as a “rapumentary”, Ngatahi: Know the Links chronicles New Zealand rapper Dean Hapeta’s first-hand exploration hip-hop and other art forms as a worldwide phenomenon embraced by Indigenous and marginalized people.
& MUSIC FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
3:15 – 4:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
DIRECTED BY KIM WEBBY
Journalist Kim Webby’s Price of Peace is a portrait of Tūhoe activist Tame Iti, whose family Webby has known for 20 plus years. After the 2007 police raids, Iti was one of four to go on trial, accused of plotting terrorist activities. Webby’s film ranges widely from early land grievances to modern-day jail cells — and a police apology. NZ Herald reviewer Peter Calder praised the result for balancing a personal focus on Iti, with “a powerfully affecting” examination of the 2007 raids, which placed the raids in “the wider context of Tūhoe history and the process of reconciliation”.
4:30 – 6:15 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Scott Kelso
Set in Auckland New Zealand and Lautoka Fiji, “One More Win” follows the Cook Island Rugby team’s (ranked 46) 2014 bid to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. It follows the team on and off the field as they strive to beat Fiji (ranked 11).
World Rugby has written the Cooks off and the game not even mentioned as a fixture on Fiji’s official calendar. But this campaign, the team has one goal in mind, to be taken seriously.
The team arrives in camp and consists of just 3 professional players and 22 club rugby players and a manager who hates to lose. They train for just two weeks and cobble together equipment and resources to make the campaign happen, including taking sample products from friends and energy drinks from the boot of a mates car. They will give their time for free and pin their hopes on victory against a team of professionals and the might and funding of professional rugby.
With many of the players disconnected from their roots, they will be embraced by a community who believe that even though they are a tiny nation, like David, they can take on a giant and win.
One More Win is the story of a team’s history making tour, to reconnect with their island and dare to dream and be counted as equals.
5 – 6:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
MĀORILAND NATIVE SLAM
6:30 – 7:45 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Libby Hakaraia (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa Rangatira and Te Ati Awa)
Hautoa Ma: The Rise of Māori Cinema places recent major films like The Dark Horse, Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, The Dead Lands, and the soon to be released Mahana in the wider historical context of Māori cinema. It asks how much the success of these films is due to the efforts of those who went before them and tries to answer the question of what is and what is not a Māori movie.
8:30 – 10 PM | ŌTAKI MĀORI RACING CLUB
Directed by S.Q.S (Samoan)
Adam is a 22 year old New Zealand born Samoan guy who falls for Mary. On a ‘chance’ encounter he learns that Mary only wants to go out with a ‘real island guy’ – not a plastic one.
Adam realizes that to get rid of his ‘plastic’ ways and impress Mary, he’ll have to travel to Samoa and have his cousins teach him how to be a real island guy.
Three Wise Cousins is a feature length comedy, that will have you laughing from start to end; it’s a film unlike any other that will surprise you with it’s endless amount of ‘wisdom’.