MĀORILAND SHORTS | WAIRUA

Karakia

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)
Aotearoa
2015
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.

NAJI

Directed by Kimberley West
Australia
2015
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.

KARROYUL

Directed by Kelrick Martin
Australia
2015
An Aboriginal girl, lost and empty after the death of her mother, discovers her past in an unlikely place.

TAI WHETUKI

Directed by Lisa Reihana
Aotearoa
2015
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)
Canada
2015
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.

AHO’EITU

Directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti, Vea Mafile’o
Tonga
2015

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.

TIHEI

Directed by Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Kāi Tahu)
Aotearoa
2015
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.

RONNIE BODEAN

Directed by Steven Paul Judd
USA
2015

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.

 

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