FOCUS ON KANAKAN BALINTAGOS
Kanakan Balintagos is the native name of Auraeus Solito, who has now taken his native name following a recent deeply spiritual visit to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kanakan is here in Toronto after attending a gathering of Native Shamen from the Philippines in San Francisco.
Kanakan Balintagos is working on a three part indigenous trilogy of film. Part one, BUSONG, premiered at Cannes Quinzaine Director's Week, and had its final world screening in Wairoa this June.
BUSONG is a lyrical ecological poem to paradise, with transcendent themes that take viewers to other worlds and other realities.
Part two of the trilogy, BAYBAYIN, had its world premiere at imagineNative Canada this week. Here is an excerpt from its first international review:
""The film is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen in terms of artistry, but I believe what truly make Baybayin so involving is this theme of ancestry and the idea of preservation of for what all intents and purposes could be paradise." See Blog >
The film is the story of a man who falls in love with two sisters.
Wairoa Maori Film Festival hopes to continue to present Kanakan's works, and invite him to Aotearoa to encourage local indigenous film makers to take on similar challenging themes.
Kanakan Balintagos at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival
MAORI FOCUS DAY THREE
Maori film maker guests were also able to visit and meet with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Hon. David C. Onley, At the event, a special screening of the "Best Of" Native Canadian film making shorts was presented, with the Lt. Governor in attendance.
A stunning set of indigenous shorts from Canada including works from the Embargo Collective project, inspired by the philosophies of Lars Von Trier.
Maori in the Lt Governor's House:
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."