Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2014

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2014

A compilation of seven Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol, Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest curator Craig Fasi, Pollywood Film Festival Director. Read on for the selected films, with comments from Koziol and Fasi.

In the Rubbish Tin, directed by Riwia Brown (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui)
Abandoned on her birthday, Pippa escapes into an imaginary world with her best friend Chubby. "A well told story with a sharp pace enforces the significance of the epidemic of neglect." — Craig Fasi

Footsteps, directed by Lennie Hill (Ngāpuhi)
A father’s sacrifice, a young boy’s promise. "The colours and hues of a Pacific Island shine through in this fable of fatherly love." — Leo Koziol

Pūmanawa: The Gift, directed by Poata Eruera (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Aupōuri)
A mother shares her own tragic past to stop her daughter repeating the same mistake. "A dramatic and haunting depiction of Māori spiritualism." — Craig Fasi

Tohunga, directed by Rebecca Collins (Te Rarawa [Ngāti Te Reinga])
When a young boy falls ill, a family turns to a tohunga for help. "Meditative moments of painterly imagery disguise a serious message." — Leo Koziol

Ahi Kā, directed by Richard Curtis (Te Arawa)
Left alone with just her spiritual guides, a young girl upholds the prestige of the tribe in order to protect the land for generations to come. "A meditative exploration of kaitiakitanga (protectiveness); as the people protect the land, so the land – and the birds upon it – are kaitiaki of the people." — Leo Koziol

Rising Dust, directed by Jack Woon
A hip-hop dance drama taken out of the city streets and into the historical, isolated, rural land of the Hokianga. "The Hokianga landscape shimmers as a dusty hip-hop epic explodes all around." — Leo Koziol

INC’d, directed by Darren Simmonds
A Māori man enjoying the corporate life he has carved for himself in Sydney returns home for his father’s funeral. "Māori walk in many worlds, but must we compromise tradition to modern commerce?" — Leo Koziol

Drama

84mins

Rating: Exempt

New Zealand, Cook Islands

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