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Running Time: 15 - 19 Mar 2023


Native Peoples - Global Films


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Tangata Whenua

10:30 AM, Thu  16 Mar
Civic Theatre
Director: Barry Barclay

After digital restoration by Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Māoriland is honoured to screen the first episode of the 1974 television series, “TANGATA WHENUA by Barry Barclay. 

Tangata Whenua was a groundbreaking six-part documentary series that screened in primetime 49 years ago. Each episode chronicled a different iwi and included interviews by historian Michael King with kaumatua. These remain a priceless historical record.


12:30 PM, Thu  16 Mar
Civic Theatre
Director: Tyson Mowarin

A three week recording of a commissioned painting by an outstanding senior Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy, is the focus of Marni. A mesmerising marathon of colour and dot work is intercut with the majestic landscapes of the Pilbara to a journeying sound track. As she paints we hear Allery tell us about herself and her art practice in Yindjibarndi language.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

6:00 PM, Thu  16 Mar
Civic Theatre
Director: Madison Thomas

Madison Thomas' feature documentary BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON is a joyous, challenging account of this cultural and musical icon's lifelong commitment to music, and sharing the truth. Buffy shares her own story from her early love of music to the activism she continues to this day, despite her career being suppressed because of it. Additional interviews include Alanis Obomsawin, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson and many others whose lives Buffy has touched.


1:00 PM, Sat  18 Mar
Memorial Hall

The gaining of wisdom, matauranga, takes a lifetime. In this collection we are inspired by the wisdom and knowledge of esteemed people.

  • He Ohaki - Imparting Words of Wisdom directed by Kararaina Rangihau
  • Sasela'an -Breath of the Island directed by Ado' Kaliting Pacidal
  • Portrait of a Quiet Revolutionary directed by Moana Maniapoto,Toby Mills


3:30 PM, Sat  18 Mar
Memorial Hall
Director: Yaser Talebi

This warm and intimate observational portrait captures a young woman caught between traditional gender roles and her desire for self-determination, volleyball, and Instagram.

Kaatohkitopii: The Horse He Never Rode

11:00 AM, Sun  19 Mar
Memorial Hall
Director: Trevor Solway

This POV documentary narrated by director Trevor Solway begins with his earliest memories of his grandfather Sonny Solway, a lifelong rancher and “Indian Cowboy.” Whether these memories are doing chores around the ranch or sipping coffee in the early hours of the morning, these memories show how “work” shaped Trevor’s relationship with his grandfather. Brought to life by present-day footage of Trevor as he reflects on his Grandpa’s ranch, archival photos and videotapes shot both by Trevor and Grandpa Sonny.

Kaatohkitopii: The Horse He Never Rode is preceded by short film, 7 by Jim Matlock

A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu

3:00 PM, Sun  19 Mar
Civic Theatre
Director: Nina Nawalowalo

"A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu tells the remarkable story of Fa'amoana's time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences. 

Growing from the long term collaboration with Fa’amoana Luafutu and the Luafutu Aiga, the film blends dramatised sequences inspired by the play A Boy Called Piano - written by Fa'amoana John Luafutu & Tom McCrory, alongside powerful interviews and beautiful aerial and underwater photography - translating Nina Nawalowalo’s celebrated visual storytelling to the screen for the first time.

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Māoriland is committed to creating a safe environment for all our kaimahi and visitors. 

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.  

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 encourage you to: 

  • Wear a mask when inside venues and/or in close contact with others. 
  • Stay home if you have are unwell, have symptoms of cold/flu or COVID-19. 
  • Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be freely available at all venues.

About the Māoriland Film Festival

Each March, Māoriland Film Festival brings the world of Indigenous cinema to Ōtaki for five days of screenings, workshops, art exhibitions and special events. Māoriland operates year-round from the Māoriland Hub and is operated by Māoriland Charitable Trust. 

68 Main Street Ōtaki

He whare taketake – a home for the Indigenous
He whare tapere – a home for the imagination
He whare kōrero – a home for conversation

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