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The Māoriland Film Festival is Aotearoa’s international Indigenous Film Festival. Each March, Māoriland brings Indigenous films and their creators to Ōtaki for five days of screenings, workshops, seminars and more!
With festival directors and filmmakers attending from around the world, the fifth annual Māoriland Film Festival will be the biggest yet. There are 58 events to be held over five days, the programme includes 15 feature-length and 86 short films from 11 countries and 65 Indigenous nations.
When filmmakers gather to screen and share their work, they also need to talk about what they do and why. A storyteller is always alert to the tenor of the times in which they function. If they are honest, they are also always alert to their own motivations and actions.
To discuss the point and art of film is an ongoing process for filmmakers who wish to stay relevant. Come and share in the kind of provocative and enlightening ideas that give enduring power and meaning to Indigenous cinema.
I LOVE THAT SCENE!
Filmmakers share stories and scenes from their favourite movies. An exploration of delicious morsels of great cinema that have ignited and inspired us to make films.
MY FILM, MY LANGUAGE
Indigenous languages everywhere face extinction because of suppression and disinterest. How does a filmmaker’s native language inform the way a film is made?
IT’S OUR LENS NOW
Women bring their own perspective to cinema storytelling. What can be done to amplify the Indigenous women’s voice in filmmaking?
DISRUPTOR OR COLLABORATOR?
Filmmaking is a team effort that usually involves working with non-Indigenous crew and creatives. What is the best way to work with Pākehā?
THE ACTIVE POLITICAL FRAME
Film has the power to change a society when people see compelling truths that demand personal action. Is political evolution possible through random acts of filmmaking?
See the full Māoriland Film Festival programme online at www.maorilandfilm.co.nz