Ways To See

Ways To See

  • 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
  • - 15 m

A young Māori girl, Amaia, lives with her depressed mother in an inner-city apartment. Desperate to seek out her absent father, Amaia befriends a mysterious woman, beautiful and otherworldly, who she believes can reconnect them. When the woman visits the family home, the young mother and daughter are forced to accept the truth of his absence.

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

TRAILER: Ways To See
  • Language English/Māori
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Jessica (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Te Ātiawa, Te Ati Haunui-a-Paparangi) / Desray (Te Aitanga-ā-Hauiti, Ngāti Porou)
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Jessica Sanderson
  • Director Bio Jessica Sanderson is a film and television director from a design and theatre background. Of Māori and Pākehā descent, the varied lives of her family influence the stories she creates – the majority of which are for and about the people of Aotearoa and the wider Pacific. Born in Heretaunga, Hastings, Jessica grew up across the motu; Waimarama, Paekakariki, Raumati, and Pōneke-Wellington. She now resides in Tāmaki, working as a freelance director. Jessica has a ‘Bachelor of Performance Design’, a joint degree from both Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, which has influenced the strong visual and conceptual approach she applies to her projects. She has created music videos for some of Aotearoa’s most prolific artists, including; Aaradhna, Shapeshifter, Stan Walker, Tama Waipara, Ria Hall (NZ On Air Best Music Video by a Māori Artist 2012), Kora and more. Jessica is currently directing an eight-part documentary television series called 'Moko' produced by Velvet Stone Media and is in script development for a feature film.
  • Producer Desray Armstrong
  • Producer Bio Desray Armstrong is an independent producer with a diverse slate of credits. From 2007-2011, Desray and producer/director Chelsea Winstanley ran production company StanStrong with a focus on creating compelling, conscious and informative content with a Māori worldview. Since then, Desray has built up a mass of physical production experience, predominantly in feature lm. Credits include Reunion, Mulan, Mortal Engines, A Wrinkle In Time, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, The Rehearsal, The Light Between Oceans, Z For Zachariah, Slow West and What We Do In The Shadows. She has produced award-winning short lms including Meathead by Sam Holst (Cannes Film Festival 2011, Berlin Film Festival 2012 Crystal Bear Winner), Ellen Is Leaving (SXSW Film Festival 2013 Best Narrative Short Winner) & Bats (NZIFF & Melbourne 2018) by Michelle Savill, Snowmen by Jonathan Brough (Show Me Shorts 2014) and recently completed Jessica Sanderson’s Ways To See. She has produced visually rich music videos for Aaradhna, Shapeshifter, and Tama Waipara directed by Jessica Sanderson and two seasons of Mike Minogue’s comedy web series The Watercooler released on NZME’s platform Watch Me. In 2018 she released two passion projects - Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Paul Yates’ mockumentary reality series Wellington Paranormal and Dustin Feneley’s debut feature lm Stray. Her first feature lm as lead producer, Stray had its world premiere at Moscow International Film Festival in April 2018 where it was awarded Best Actor. It subsequently went on to have a successful domestic theatrical run, screening for 10 weeks in over 40 cinemas around the country. Recipient of the 2016 WIFT Woman to Watch, 2018 SPADA Independent Producer of the Year and the 2019 Te Kai Ngakahi Melissa Wikaire Award, Desray has served on the boards of industry guilds Ngā Aho Whakaari and Women in Film & Television and is active in creating pathways for more women and Māori to step into key creative roles within the feature lm landscape. She is currently a member of the Screen Sector Strategy Facilitation Group and guest selector & mentor for Wellington screen writers residency Write Room 2019, a Toi Pōneke initiative in partnership with Director Rob Sarkies and Producer Vicky Pope.
  • Awards 2019 New Zealand Cinematography Society Awards. Emerging Cinematographer of The Year Award – Tammy Williams (D.O.P) for 'Ways To See'. 2019 New Zealand Cinematography Society Awards. Short Film GOLD Award – Tammy Williams (D.O.P) for 'Ways To See'