The Māoriland Film Festival started with our aunties. Today on International Women’s day we acknowledge our aunties, our mothers, nannies, the wāhine toa who shape and inspire our lives.
We acknowledge the female directors in our programme – 60% of films in this year’s festival have a female director, these are powerful storytellers working across the world to share stories important to them.
We acknowledge the female producers, those working in the crafts and all aspects of work who put their all in to support the work of others.
We acknowledge the Māori and Pasifika women in Aotearoa – who experience the largest pay gap in this country, while working in some of the hardest jobs, often in the service of others.
We acknowledge the missing and murdered Indigenous women – both of Turtle Island and across the Indigenous world.
We acknowledge our kōtiro, the next generation of wāhine toa.