• 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 11 m 59 s

Koro sits in his car. War medals, pinned to his suit, lie in his lap. He is lost in the thought of another ANZAC service. Koro’s thoughts are interrupted when his grandsons, Whenua and Soul, bang into the car, fighting over Whenua’s phone. The phone pumps out battle sounds from a digital war game. The sounds of war jar Koro’s memory of his days in the jungle during the Vietnam war, and he is catapulted back to that time, the fear and torment move him to find a safe haven. But, Whenua and Soul get caught in the crossfire of Koro’s memories, as Koro tries to protect his comrades, Timoti and Maaka. Soul and Whenua are confused, shaken and injured, while Koro feels anguish and shame that he has not protected them. A new day dawns for Koro and his whanau. Soul joins Koro in his car and reconciles the events from yesterday, forgiving Koro for hurting him. As Soul and Whenua leave on the school bus, Koro joins them, hoping to make it to the dawn ANZAC service.

Screening Information
Wairua Shorts

1:30 PM
Thursday 24 September 2020
Māoriland Hub

This screening is recommended for audiences 16 +, themes include depression, suicide and PTSD

  • Language Māori, English
  • Subtitles English
  • Indigenous Nation Ngai Tuhoe
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Nicholas Riini
  • Director Bio "With nearly 20 years of experience on set in the film and television industry, Nick (Ngai Tuhoe) has amassed a vast and varied skill set, particularly in technical departments. From Rere te Whiu to The New Legend of Monkey, Born to Dance to Ghost in the Shell, Nick has a had a front row seat in witnessing many directing styles which have influenced his own way of approaching filmmaking. After moving his wh?nau back to his home town of Whakat?ne, Nick’s passion for telling stories based around his M?ori heritage was reignited. His ultimate goal is to incorporate his love of the fantasy genre with his culture to deliver a story that appeals to all audiences. ‘I have a passion for Aotearoa and her stories, and think we can introduce Tangata Tiriti to the humour, imagination, drama and fantasy that we hold here, as well as reintroduce Tangata Whenua to their stories.’ Nick has written and directed two self-funded short films. Our Secret (2007), his first short film, was distributed by OUAT Media and screened at Washougal Internal FF, Magma FF and Allshorts FF. His most recent short film, Koro (2018), world premiered at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2019. Nick has a strong network around him, supporting his filmmaking. Through Producer Simone Ashton, personal mentor Ainsley Gardiner, writing partner De Baynton (also his wife), as well Film BOP, Nick has found a hapori that support and inspire his development and craft. Nick is honoured to be able to count the late Merita Mita as a mentor as well."