NEW MODEL OF MAORI FILM MAKING
Puumanawa the Gift, Directed by Poata Eruera and Produced by Tui Ruwhiu, gets its World Premier at the imagineNative film festival on Sunday.
This is the first film bearing fruit from the Aho Shorts programme, an initiative of Nga Aho Whakaari that started with community hui in Rotorua, Waikaremoana and Hokianga, with scripts and stories developed from and by the community then made into shorts.
Puumanawa the Gift is the first film. Also on their way is a film by Waikaremoana film maker, Kararaina Rangihau, called "Ukaipo
Whenua" that is completely in Te Reo Maori. Three short films from the Rotorua Te Arawa community are also in post-production.
Here is the synopsis of Puumanawa the Gift:
"Learning that her daughter is serious about a Christian boyfriend, a mother fears it will threaten a spiritual gift both women have inherited. She takes her daughter back to her own tragic past to show how loneliness, hope and faith can turn love into turmoil. Finally, the daughter must consider the meaning of love and the value of her precious gift."
Screening imagineNative this Sunday
MAORI FILMS MAKE PRESENCE IN CANADA
Cultural Sovereignty a Model to Emulate
A panel of leaders in the Maori film industry spoke to an audience comprised of indigenous film makers from Canada and around the world.
Kath Akuhata-Brown spoke of the universal language of indigenous spirit and heart that transcends language. Quinton Hita spoke of the importance of cultural sovereignty. Tainui Stephens spoke of how the strength of Maori film making comes from decades of struggle and fight for indigenous rights that started with Hana Te Hemara placing a petition in support of reo Maori on the steps of NZ Parliament.
Maori film makers and industry leaders will continue to make their presence felt at the festival over the weekend, with further archival films, new Maori short films and continued participation on pitching panels and workshops.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."