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March 2019

MFF19 | Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People.

March 21 @ 8:00 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Nā’ālehu Anthony Duration: 2 hours 28 minutes Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli In 1976 a pioneering voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing new life into ancient myth and legend. More than four decades later, Hōkūleʻa still inspires new generations of navigators and voyagers to gather their courage and sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific. Moananuiākea:One Ocean. One People. Once Canoe celebrates the epic voyage that connected countless…

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MFF19 | Haka Puai Te Kainga (Eating Up Easter)

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
$6

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Sergio M. Rapu Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes Language: English, Rapa Nui, Spanish with English subtitles Nation: Rapanui In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the modern dilemma of their people who risk losing everything to the globalising effects of tourism. The film follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient Moai, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home that the world…

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MFF19 | Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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$6

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE  Year: 2018 Director: Sydney Beane, John Whitehead, Jesse Heinzen Duration: 56 minutes Language: English Nation: Flandreau Santee Sioux 'Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian' is a deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors. Beane and her family search for the legacy of Ohiyesa,…

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MFF19 | Connection to Country

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
$6

AOTEAROA PREMIERE Year: 2017 Director: Tyson Mowarin Duration: 57 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngarluma Connection To Country follows a group of Indigenous people from the Pilbara in their efforts to preserve Australia’s unique cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry. https://youtu.be/1aRUzesfIRk Preceded by short film LAST TAXI DANCE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Brayden Yoder Producer: Ciara Lacy Duration: 18 minutes Language: English Nation: Kanaka Maoli In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World…

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MFF19 | Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
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$6

Year: 2018 Director: Hepi Mita Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes Language: English Nation: Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi “The revolution isn’t just running out with a gun, if a film I make causes Indigenous people to feel stronger about themselves then I’m achieving something worthwhile for the revolution.” An intimate story of the birth of Indigenous cinema told from the perspective of Merata’s son Hepi Mita. The sudden death of pioneering Māori filmmaker Merata Mita in 2010 led her son…

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MFF19 | Leitis in Waiting

March 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
$6

Year: 2018 Director: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes Language: English and Tongan with English subtitles Nation: Kanaka Maoli, Tonga Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific Kingdom. With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different…

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MFF19 | Tōku Kainga, Tōku Manawa (My Home, My Heart)

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
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$6

AOTEAROA PREMIERE Iglu:Angirraq (House:Home) Year: 2018 Director: Mosha Folger Duration: 45 minutes Language: English, Inuktitut with English subtitles Nation: Inuit An Inuk filmmaker explores the homelessness and housing crisis affecting the Inuit in his hometown, Iqaluit, Nunavut. Voice From The Desert Year: 2018 Director: Amy Pysden, Daniel Clarke Producer: Zaachariaha Fielding Duration: 30 minutes Language: English Nation: Anangu people Aboriginal singer Zaachariaha Fielding is taking the Australian music industry by storm; touring the nation and the world with his groundbreaking…

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MFF19 | Black Divaz

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
$6

Year: 2018 Director: Adrian Russell Wills Duration: 1 hour Language: English Nation: Wonnarua Clan Group Black Divaz goes behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant. Over five steamy days contestants battle it out in fierce lip synching battles, photo shoots with crocodiles, and challenges that will see each contestant stretch more than just their wardrobe choices. We follow each contestant as they talk candidly about what brought them to this glittering stage…

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MFF19 | In My Own Words

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Civic Theatre, Main St
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand
$6

AOTEAROA PREMIERE Year: 2017 Director: Erica Glynn Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes Language: English Nation: Aboriginal Australia Raw, heartfelt, sometimes painstaking but often funny, In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives. https://youtu.be/hC-kjMI_9dw Preceded by short Sacred By Nature Year: 2018 Director: Trevor Solway Duration: 9 minutes Language: English Nation: Siksika Blackfoot The Blackfoot people attempt to…

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MFF19 | Dawnland

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ngā Purapura, 145 Tasman Road
Otaki, 5512 New Zealand
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SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE Year: 2018 Director: Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip Producer: Bruce Duthu (Houma) Executive Producer: Heather Rae (Cherokee) Impact Producer: Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes Language: English Dawnland is a story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in…

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