MĀORILAND SCHOOL SHORTS #2

Ma - Nikki Si'ulepa

A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

SCREENS ON THE 23RD MARCH AT 1:45 PM AT THE CIVIC THEATRE

MA

Directed by Nikki Si’ulepa
Aotearoa
2013

Ma is a story about a Samoan grandmother trying to survive her worst fear – being alone.

When Ma arrives home one day she notices that one of her precious soft toys is missing. Infuriated, Ma does some quick detective work on the phone before she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Ma is no ordinary grandmother. She’s strong-willed, opinionated and can take on the toughest, and usually does. Ma is a story about one woman’s strength, weakness, love and humanity in a world that has almost forgotten her.

MAAP MORDAK – Skin Deep

Directed by Dot West
Australia
2014

Maap Mordak is a story about a fair skinned Aboriginal girl who is upset and confused about her own identity. Twelve year old Sonia races home very upset after being teased about the colour of her skin. To her surprise she finds comfort and spiritual wisdom from her Nan. However, Nan in her own uncanny way challenges Sonia to go deeper than the colour of her skin. An old adage used in a conversation between Nan and her husband provides Sonia with peace of mind and strength of heart. Maap Mordak is not just a short drama about race and identity, it’s also about the innocence and ability of a child to receive lessons in life from those long gone.

THE TALE OF THE COCONUT

Directed by Marc Thümmler
Germany
2015

The kids of the small island Karawara will tell you an old fairy tale from their home: the South Pacific.

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Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor
Iran
2014

The barber started cutting the boys hair while watching a football game on TV.

LITTLE GIRL’S WAR CRY

Directed by Erin Lau
Hawaii
2013

Little Girl’s War Cry is the story of a ten-year old curious local girl, Tiare, born on the island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Raised by a struggling single mother, whose repeatedly abused by her boyfriend, Tiare shelters herself from reality with her hero-centered imagination, until a prank goes wrong and she must directly confront the violence that stains her childhood and family. Influenced by the cultural elements around her and her will to fight back, Tiare discovers not only a deeper-rooted identity, but also an inner strength driven by the power of a mother and child’s love.

FISH

Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor
Hawaii
2013

An elderly couple is living in an apartment, the man is sleeping while the women is doing household chores .  She goes to change the water in the fish bowl but it slips and smashes. With no water in the tap – what will happen next?

 

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