MFF19 | M.A.T.C.H & Virtual Reality

VR Cave at the Māoriland Hub

Thursday 21 March – Saturday 23 March, 10 am – 4 pm, Māoriland Hub

Virtual Reality blends creativity and technology enabling the viewer to be immersed in story. Enter the VR cave at the Māoriland Hub and be transported through time, space, and place.

No bookings or tickets. On a first come, first access basis.



Year: 2018
Director: Lynnette Wallworth
Co-producers: Tashka Yawanawa, Laura Yawanawa
Duration: 30 minutes
Language: English, Portuguese, Yawanawá
Nation: Yawanawá

For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to transport you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction.

Biidaaban: First Light


Year: 2018
Director: Lisa Jackson
Duration: 6-8 minutes
Language: Wendat, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway)
Nation: Anishinaabe

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is thriving.

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.



Year: 2018
Director: Tyson Mowarin
Duration: 17 minutes
Language: English and Ngarluma
Nation: Ngarluma

An Indigenous mine site worker is transported to the spirit world, where he meets the spirits and custodians of the land and learns about how they are connected to humankind – even as their sacred sites remain under threat by the modern world.

NZ Wars: The Stories of Ruapekapeka

Year: 2017
Creator & Presenter: Mihingarangi Forbes
Language: English and Māori
Nation: Ngāpuhi

The Battle of Ruapekapeka (1846) was a major confrontation between northern Māori tribes and the might of the British Empire. The Māori defenders were outnumbered four to one. The British were determined to destroy the Māori fortress of Ruapekapeka. But a clever network of earthwork defences and tunnels blunted the massive bombardments. The Māori were unharmed. The British were flummoxed by the Māori tactics. They were even more surprised to discover later that they won the battle, but most of the Māori had abandoned the pā under the cover of night. While the British had captured a hill full of holes, the Māori had lived to fight another day.

Mihingarangi Forbe’s documentary gives a Māori perspective on this significant early conflict in The New Zealand Wars. It employs the latest research and animation to evoke a vivid sense of Indigenous place in an ominous time.

Launch of M.A.T.C.H – Māoriland “Ahi” Tech Creative Hub.

Friday 22 March, 10:30 am, Māoriland Hub

Indigenous peoples’ use of creative technology explores real connection to the natural world, and the economic opportunities that link their ancient cultural knowledge to a digital reality. We understand that our youth are the future and only they can see into that future. It is up to us as elders and knowledge keepers to pass information that will enable our youth to make the right choices for their futures.

M.A.T.C.H will enable Māori youth and their whānau to take part in the rapidly growing creative digital technology sector as content creators, game designers, animators, graphic designers and filmmakers.

Kaiako, Industry and Filmmaker Pass holders and sponsors are invited to attend this exciting event.