REFLECTIONS OF TE AO MARAMA
I asked one of our Maori delegates what "Light Box" would translate as in Maori, and she replied "Te Ao Marama." And so it is, as we've spent the past five days journeying into the world of light, the reflections from our mosaic of indigenous people all over the world.
We are a marginalised bunch. Here in Canada, they are protesting the fracking of their lands and the polluting of their territory with badly built oil pipelines. Its a long way from the glamour of a centre city film festival held in the film festival capital of the world. But every person and every environmental and social issue - pollution, global climate change, resource depletion, the dying of our oceans and lands, the loss of our language and culture - was here with us all at imagineNative 2013.
Australian film maker Romaine Morton spoke about how we need to give our kids "Roots and Wings" - the roots to know who they are where they came from, and the wings to be confident and prideful as they venture in to the world and its myriad opportunities and obstacles.
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is proud to be part of a global movement for social change on a grand scale. The imagineNative film festival takes the people and issues hidden from view in to the world of light, in to Te Ao Marama.
I thank Jason Ryle and the beautiful staff team, volunteers and board members who have hosted the Maori delegation on this stay. This is my first visit to imagineNative, and the first time Wairoa Maori Film Festival has been represented here. For us, it is a momentous beginning, and one that can grow, rooted in Aotearoa and Wairoa and Nuhaka, and spreading Maori wings around the world, to Sydney and Hamburg and Skabmagovat and many, many more places to come.
Arohanui I te whanau whakaata Maori, whakaata "Native"!
- Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Whakatohea
- on behalf of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival Team
Mum, Hiona, Jordan, Becca, Here, Ratu, Josh and our many many many supporters and sponsors
AWARD WINNERS 2013
In particular, we congratulate Kanakan Balintagos, who traveled to Wairoa earlier this year and was the recipient of last night's indigenous language award.
Here are the Facebook / Twitter posts of some of the award winners of the imagineNative 2013 awards night:
imagineNATIVE @BellMediaPR Award for Best Dramatic Feature goes to Catriona McKenzie with #SatelliteBoy
The winner of the 2013 imagineNATIVE @SuperChannel Alice Obomsawin Best Documentary Award is Kesan Tsetan for #WhoWillBeAGurkha?
The #imagineNATIVE @RBC_Canada Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work goes to Marja Bal Nago for #ForHunKomEtterHanDro
The Best Indigenous Language Production Award from @CasinoRamaLive goes to Kanakan Balintagos for #Baybayin
The #Vtape Cynthia Lickers-Sage Emerging Artists Award goes to Itandehui Jansen for El Último Consejo
Winner of #BellMedia Best Radio show is Janet Rogers
The winner of the TVO/imagineNATIVE Award for Best Short Drama is Tracy Rigney for #Abalone
Winner of the imagineNATIVE/Slaight Media Best Music Video is Florida's very own Houston Cypress for #Row
Winner of the 2013 #imagineNATIVE APTN Drama Pitch competition is Tiio Horn with her screenplay #Rats
The winner of the Shaw Media Award and internship program is Marie Clements for her film #Pilgrims
It is hoped to screen some of these works at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in 2014.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."