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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!
Pakipūmeka (Documentaries) at MFF2019
Moananuiākea: One Ocean. One Canoe. One People.
Thursday 22 March, 8 pm, Ngā Purapura
In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hōkūleʻa continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to gather their courage and sail beyond the horizon of the Pacific.
Haka Puai Te Kainga (Eating Up Easter)
Friday 22 March, 10 am, The Civic Theatre
In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the modern dilemma of their people who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism.
Preceded by short film - Run As One - The Journey of the Front Runners
In 1967, 10 Indigenous boys ran the Pan Am torch 800 km, from Minneapolis to the opening ceremonies in Winnipeg. 51 years later they reunite to reflect on their journey.
Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian
Friday 22 March, 12 pm, The Civic Theatre
Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors.
Preceded by short - Phulsiri
One and a half months after the devastating earthquake reduced an entire village to rubble, and a ten-year-old girl longs for normality. News reaches her that school will reopen in a day and she is understandably overjoyed, but there is a hitch: she must first locate her shoes - mandatory under new school rules - in the debris that was once her home.
Connection to Country
Friday 22 March , 2 pm, The Civic Theatre
Connection to Country follows a group of Indigenous people from the Pilbara as they battle to preserve Australia's unique cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.
Preceded by short film - Last Taxi Dance
In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die.
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
Friday 22 March, 7:30 pm, The Civic Theatre
“The revolution isn’t just running out with a gun, if a film I make causes indigenous people to feel stronger about themselves then I’m achieving something worthwhile for the revolution.”
Leitis in Waiting
Saturday 23 March, 11:30 am, The Civic Theatre
LEITIS IN WAITING is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom.
Tōku Kainga, Tōku Manawa (My Home, My Heart)
Saturday 23 March, 1 pm, Ngā Purapura
An Inuk filmmaker explores the homelessness and housing crisis affecting the Inuit in his hometown, Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Voice From The Desert
Aboriginal singer Zaachariaha Fielding is taking the Australian music industry by storm; touring the nation and the world with his groundbreaking electro-soul band Electric Fields. Last year they thrilled us all at Māoriland!
From winning New Talent of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards, Zaachariaha returns to the tiny central desert community of Mimili to reveal the inspiration behind his unique music. Through revealing interviews with Zaachariaha and his family, we learn of the challenges he was forced to overcome as a child, and his journey to music stardom as a proud member of the LGBTQ community.
Saturday 23 March, 5 pm, Ngā Purapura
Black Divaz goes behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant.
Preceded by short film - Taghi (Revolt)
A boatwoman finds it difficult to disguise her dislike of one of her passengers, a prostitute. However stereotypes are often shattered when we see the real person underneath.
In My Own Words
Saturday 23 March, 5:30 pm, The Civic Theatre
Raw, heartfelt, sometimes painstaking but often funny, In My Own Words follows the journey of adult Aboriginal students and their teachers as they discover the transformative power of reading and writing for the first time in their lives.
Preceded by short - Sacred By Nature
The Blackfoot people attempt to revitalise a seemingly forgotten ceremony that their ancestors once practiced.
Sunday 24 March, 1 pm, Ngā Purapura
Dawnland is a story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. For the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.
Put March 20 - 24 in your calendars now and join us in Ōtaki to celebrate the world of Indigenous cinema and creativity!
See the full Māoriland Film Festival programme online at www.maorilandfilm.co.nz