A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CONNECTING OUR SPIRITS
SCREENS ON THE 25TH MARCH AT 10:45 AM AT THE CIVIC THEATRE
KARAKIA THE RESETTING CEREMONY
Directed by Sasha Huber (Swiss-Haitian)
Huber travels with a greenstone carver Jeff Mahuika (Kati Mahaki, Poutini Kai Tahu) to the site, between Kā Roimata a Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier) and Te Moeka o Tuawe (Fox Glacier) at Te Waipounamu (South Island) of New Zealand. On location Mr Mahuika offered a karakia blessing to symbolically un-name the glacier of its association with Agassiz and his racism.
Directed by Kimberley West
This is the story of the Naja – the creation spirit beings – and their journey from Dabberdabbergun in the West to the land of the rising sun, creating life and importantly, water, as they travel.
Directed by Kelrick Martin
An Aboriginal girl, lost and empty after the death of her mother, discovers her past in an unlikely place.
Directed by Lisa Reihana
Enigmatic and poignant, Tai Whetuki – House of Death’s mythological imagery examines current and ancient Maori and Polynesian traditions associated with death and the process of mourning.
UULX (The Scratcher)
Directed by Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk)
In a stark and stunning frozen remote landscape, an unlikely encounter between hunter and the hunted unfolds. But which is which?
Inspired by a true story, Uulx – The Scratcher is a cautionary tale inviting us to consider our own disassociation from nature.
The film offers a glimpse into a worldview that throbs with supernatural influence. An influence that according to indigenous culture, can be experienced in every aspect of life – if we are lucky enough to notice it.
Directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti, Vea Mafile’o
Based on the Tongan legend, Aho’eitu leaves his mother to find his father Tagaloa in the heavens. On his quest he finds out that he also has brothers, but will they accept him as their own? And will Tagaloa acknowledge his son, and who will take his place as his heir, the first king, the Tu’i Tonga.
Directed by Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Kāi Tahu)
As the beat drops can Tihei find his words? Redemption comes unscripted.
At the age of fourteen, Tihei Harawira found his own unique way to connect with others – through freestyle rapping.
Set in the vibrant world of the Otara Markets, amongst a community that has embraced Tihei, our film is an uplifting and inspiring look at a humble young man who has turned every challenge that he has faced into a positive.
Directed by Steven Paul Judd
Ronnie BoDean (film star Wes Studi) is the ultimate anti-hero – hungover, streetwise and badass, with a hustler’s heart of gold. When Ronnie faces his greatest challenge yet, babysitting his jailed neighbour’s precocious kid, the results are both hilarious and life-affirming.