MAORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 2022 | Kiriata - Feature Films

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Native Peoples - Global Films

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Running Time: 29 Jun - 3 Jul 2022


Native Peoples - Global Films

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Kiriata - Feature Films at MFF2022

Opening Night Screening: The Drovers Wife (M)
8:15 PM, Wednesday 29 June
Ngā Purapura

Leah Purcell writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation of her award-winning play and novel – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.

This film is recommended for mature audiences - domestic violence, sexual violence & offensive language.

Portraits from a Fire
6:30 PM, Thursday 30 June
Memorial Hall

Tyler, an eccentric and lonely teenager meets Aaron, a mysterious, charismatic, and influential figure who encourages Tyler to showcase his most personal film about his mother’s disappearance to the community, leading to a reckoning between past and future, life and death, and father, mother and son.

Parental Guidance recommended

8:30 PM, Thursday 30 June
Memorial Hall

Director Christopher Kahunahana’s multi-award winning feature debut breaks down the enduring, stereotypical image of paradise we have of Waikiki to reveal a vulnerable and authentic portrait of Indigeneity.

Recommended for audiences 16 +

Millie Lies Low (M)
7:00 PM, Friday 1 July
Memorial Hall

Anxiety-ridden Millie is on her way from Wellington to New York for an internship at a prestigious architecture firm when a moment of panic causes her to miss her flight. She doesn’t have the money for another ticket, and a deep sense of shame prevents her from fessing up to her friends and family. So instead she lies low in her hometown in order to scrounge for another ticket, while using her wits and Instagram to convince her friends, boyfriend, mum, and the world at large, that she’s successfully living the dream in NYC. With her options running out she resorts to increasingly desperate schemes as her hastily constructed facade begins to crumble.

This film is recommended for mature audiences - sex scenes, offensive language, nudity & drug use

Night Raiders (M)
8:30 PM, Friday 1 July
Civic Theatre

The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a multi-award winning female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

This film is recommended for mature audiences - violence & offensive language

Sietefilos (Seven Ridges)
10:30 AM, Saturday 2 July
Civic Theatre

In a desert by the sea, a culture survives modernity. A grandmother and her granddaughter intertwine in estrangement over memory. The myth sheds controversy; time falls in dreams of sand, old songs and rock music.

12:00 PM, Saturday 2 July
Civic Theatre

Multi-award winning filmmaker Dmitry Davydov (Bonfire, The River Peka) collaborates with Stepan Burnashev to present a hilarious portmanteau film exploring the relationships within a Yakutian Village.

Coming Home In The Dark (R16)
2:30 PM, Saturday 2 July
Civic Theatre

A schoolteacher is forced to confront a brutal act from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family and him on a nightmare road trip. Coming Home in the Dark is a psychological thriller starring Daniel Gillies, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu and Erik Thomson. An extended Q&A will be held following the film.

Coming Home in the Dark screens with music video, Ka Puta

This screening is restricted to audiences 16 and over - violence, cruelty, offensive language & content that may disturb

Every Day In Kaimuki
6:30 PM, Saturday 2 July
Civic Theatre

A young man is determined to give his life meaning outside of Kaimuki, the small Hawaiian town where he grew up, even if it means leaving everything he's ever known and loved behind.

Whina (PG)
8:15 PM, Saturday 2 July
Memorial Hall

This biopic of the celebrated and controversial Dame Whina Cooper reveals the personal character of a woman who devoted a long life to the service of Maori. She was shaped by the traditions of her Hokianga people, her Catholic faith, and the tragedies of her life. She led the 1975 Maori Land march, and became one of the most influential rangatira of the 20th century. Miriama McDowell and Rena Owen turn in riveting performances as the woman who would become known as Te Whaea o Te Motu / The Mother Of The Nation.

Parental Guidance Recommended

2:45 PM, Sunday 3 July
Memorial Hall

Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990.

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