MAORILAND FILM FESTIVAL 2022 | Kiriata Poto - Short 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 Poto - Short Films at MFF 2022

Whakapapa Shorts
10:00 AM, Thursday 30 June
Civic Theatre

We are all connected by whakapapa to our ancestors and each other.

Films in programme:
Sina ma Tinirau
Sokinaa' Passkaan Aassisstoi (Healing Bells)
ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Dugout Canoe (Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe)
ʔIIḥTUUP (Whale)
Shea, by NASRA
Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (We Will Walk the Trail of our Ancestors)
The Ancestral Tree

This programme includes depictions of  traditional hunting, parental guidance is recommended. 

Whānau Shorts (M)
12:00 PM, Thursday 30 June
Civic Theatre

Whānau. Family, whatever its shape, provides the thread that resonates through all these stories.

Films in programme:
The Lost Crystals of Jessica's Room
Sa Paglupad Ka Banog
Losing It
A Morning with Aroha
Wind, Song and Rain

This programme is recommended for mature audiences; violence, offensive language & drug use

Aotearoa Shorts (M)
2:00 PM, Thursday 30 June
Civic Theatre

Short films from Aotearoa

Films in programme:
True Love
Space Invader

This programme is recommended for mature audiences; violence, offensive language & drug use

He Waiora - premiere of the Ngā Pakiaka Incubator Programme
7:30 PM, Thursday 30 June
Civic Theatre

Eight short films by a new generation of filmmakers developed through the Nga Pakiaka Incubator Programme. Devised during the 1st COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, He Waiora traverses a range of topics close to the hearts of rangatahi and their whanau in Aotearoa today.

Films in programme: 
The Retrieval
Manu Masters
E Rangi Ra
Nga Riwha a Tama
The Politics of Toheroa Soup
The Voyager's Legacy
Street Lights

This programme is recommended for mature audiences, it includes depictions of drug use and references to suicide.

Wairua Shorts
12:30 PM, Friday 1 July
Civic Theatre

Every living thing including the land, mountains, rivers, oceans has a wairua - a spirit existing beyond death. This collection of short films speaks of the wairua within and around us.

Films in programme: 
He Ara Ano (There is another way)
Meet The Sky
Boso mu ruovttoluotta - Puhalla minut henkiin
Spirit Emulsion
Angakusajaujuq - The Shaman's Apprentice

Bingo Shorts
5:00 PM, Friday 1 July
Memorial Hall

Love playing Bingo?? Really love short films? In this session, you can do both and win prizes too! Bring a pen!!

Films in programme: 
Red Button
My First Native American Boyfriend

Whenua Shorts
11:00 AM, Saturday 2 July
Memorial Hall

Papatuanuku sustains. But we need to protect her.

Films in programme: 
'fire in the water, fire in the sky'
Mau Whenua
Pili Ka Moʻo

Te Hononga
10:00 AM, Sunday 3 July
Memorial Hall

Films that connect us

Films in programme: 
E Lele Le Toloa
ངའི ནང
The Hidden Community

A Moment In Time
12:15 PM, Sunday 3 July
Memorial Hall

Indigenous knowledge extends throughout space and time.

Films in programme: 
JADAI: The Broome Brawler
Ka Ho ªi: The Return
When Nobody Was Looking
Nalujuk Night
Hawaiian Soul
Soli Bula
The Moogai

This screening is recommended for mature audiences.

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The values and functions of Māoriland are derived from cornerstone principles of celebration, unity, being alert, and respecting the mana of every person and taonga in our whare. 

We ask that manuwhiri and visitors alike respect the mana of all those you encounter.  

Here's what you can expect from us:

All kaimahi interacting with the public at ticket counters and at venues will be vaccinated and will be wearing masks. We will be testing regularly. This is our duty of care to ensure that the vulnerable in our audience feel safe.

We will have hand sanitiser available at all venues and wherever refreshments are served. We practice good hygiene including washing our hands and cleaning high-use surfaces. 

So that we can safely welcome you into all MFF venues, we ask the following; 

  • Please wear a mask at screenings.
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  • Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be freely available at all venues.

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