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March 2019

MFF19 | Opening Night Premiere – VAI

March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand

Southern Hemisphere Premiere Year: 2019 Directors: Nicole Whippy (Fiji), ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Tonga), Matasila Freshwater (Solomon Islands), Amberley Jo Aumua (NZ Samoa), Mīria George (Cook Islands), Marina Alofagia McCartney (Samoa), Dianna Fuemana (Niue), Becs Arahanga (Aotearoa) Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes Language: Fijian, Tongan, Roviana (Solomon Islands) Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, English and Māori (NZ) Vai is a portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook…

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MRFF | E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards

March 21 @ 9:30 am
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
$2

Each year Māoriland Charitable Trust, with the support of E Tū Whānau and Te Tumu Whakaata NZ Film Commission, hits the road to present free filmmaking workshops for rangatahi around Aotearoa.This awards ceremony is a celebration of rangatahi behind and in front of the lens. It will feature a selection of films entered to the 2019 challenge. Awards will be given to filmmakers who demonstrate passion, ability and an understanding of the kaupapa. About the MRFF The MRFF introduces school age…

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MFF19 |Whenua Shorts

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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$6

The land sustains us. One day we will return to it. In The Valley Of Wild Horses 
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Asia Youngman, Trevor Mack Duration: 23 minutes Language: English Nation: Cree, Iroquois, Carrier and Tsilhqot'in Every summer in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, the community of Xeni Gwet'in travel 200-km by horse and wagon; from their home in Nemiah Valley to the famous Williams Lake stampede. ᎢᎬᏱ ᏅᏬᏘ,  ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ (First Medicine, Long Man) SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE…

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MRFF | Ngā Raurēkau Shorts

March 21 @ 11:30 am
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
$2

A collection of short films that explore animals, dancing and Indigenous legends through animation and experimental film. Suitable for a younger audience. Black Mountain Boy Year: 2018 Director: Jonathon Yellowhair Duration: 4 minutes Nation: Diné/Navajo A young boy must protect his horse from the dangers that lurk in the rugged mountains of Navajoland. You & Me Year: 2018 Director: Lada Suomenrinne Duration: 2 minutes Nation: Utsjoki,Sápmi Northern Sámi Could a human could fall in love with the spirit of the…

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MFF19 | Whānau Shorts

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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$6

Family comes in many shapes Leave It On the Water SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Steve Sxwithultxw Duration: 12 minutes Language: English Nation: Penelakut Tribe Outrigger racing is a global sport embraced by many Indigenous peoples. We follow a canoe group, from a small isolated First Nation village (Penelakut) on Vancouver Island, BC as they represent their community in the world’s largest outrigger canoe race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I Am Waru Year: 2018 Director: Angela Cudd-Wharehinga Duration: 13 minutes…

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MFF19 Industry | Filmmaker Masterclass with Alanis Obomsawin

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Te Ara a Tāwhaki, 144 Tasman Road
Ōtaki, 5512 New Zealand
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The industry events at Māoriland are intended to connect and invigorate filmmakers from across the Indigenous world. They are accessible by industry and filmmaker pass only.   Masterclass with Alanis Obomsawin We are honoured to host the master documentary maker and tireless First Nations social activist Alanis Obomsawin. As a child, Alanis learned the stories and legends of her Abenaki nation. As a young woman, she retold these stories through song to audiences in Canada, Europe and America. In the late…

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MRFF | Ngā Pūtake Shorts

March 21 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
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If you are hungry for informative and funny shorts then feast your eyes on these handpicked films from around the globe. Suitable for the whole whānau. Banabans of Rabi Year: 2018 Director: Blessen Tom, Hele Ikimotu Duration: 9 minutes Language: English Nation: Niuean, Banaban - Gilbertese The documentary follows the people in Rabi and sheds light on the problems that they face now, especially climate change. The Story of Pasha Year: 2018 Director: Pasha Partridge Duration: 2 minutes Language: English…

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MFF19 | Wairua Shorts

March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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$6
Kōwhai - a series of yellow diamonds in larger diamond formations

Short stories that speak of the spirit within and around us. Kōwhai Year: 2017 Director: Aydriannah Tuiali'i Duration: 1 minute Language: Māori Nation: Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hāmoa Kōwhai (2017) emerged from an exploration of the relationship between moving image, kapa haka and waiata, exemplifying the creation of Te Ao Māori – from nothing to something – passed down through generations via ngā momo kōrero or oral storytelling. Fainting Spells AOTEAROA PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Sky Hopinka Duration: 10 minutes Language:…

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MFF19 | Whakapapa Shorts

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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We are all connected to our ancestors Fast Horse SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Alexandra Lazarowich Duration: 14 minutes Language: English Nation: Cree Fast Horse is a rare look at the world of bareback horse racing through the experience of one Siksika horseman, Alison RedCrow, as he strives to build a team and take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy. This old tradition is alive and well. Solas Datter (Daughter of the Sun) AOTEAROA PREMIERE Year: 2018…

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MFF19 | Bingo Shorts

March 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
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Thought provoking films - combined with the tension and the fun of bingo! The Man They Call Fuel SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Zach Litwack, Jeremy Charles, Colleen Thurston Duration: 7 minutes Language: English Nation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation He’s a single father working a 9 to 5 job at the Cherokee Nation, but outside of work he dominates in the wrestling ring, and it’s all for a good cause. Brad is a model employee, but “Fuel”…

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