26 April 2017, Nuhaka, Aotearoa New Zealand
A diverse range of new cinematic works will be presented at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival this June. Festival organisers have released the first announcement of Maori and Pasifika short film works screening at the festival this year. A selection of these films will go on to screen at NZIFF in NZ's main centres, as part of the "Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika" programme.
Join us in Wairoa, Friday June 2 Monday June 5, at Kahungunu Marae (Nuhaka) and the Gaiety Theatre (Wairoa). Tickets on sale now.
LAUNDRY by Becs Arahanga
MANNAHATTA by Renae Maihi
When an ancient Native American spirit lost in an in-between world is seen by pizza worker Ivan he attempts to get a message across.
But Ivan isn’t interested, he is on a oneweek trial in this busy New York City pizzeria and cannot afford to lose the job. But some ghosts cannot rest until they are heard.
Mannahatta - a compelling and at times humorous black & white film about peace & understanding.
Mannahatta is the new short film from Ngati Whakaue/Ngapuhi film maker Renae Maihi.
DATE NIGHT by Kahurangi Carter
LAND OF THE TANIWHA by Aidan Otene Dickens
“Supernatural creatures in New Zealand Māori tradition, similar to serpents and dragons in other cultures, said to hide in the ocean, rivers, lakes or caves.”
Wiremu is an 11 year old Maori boy who misses his dead father and doesn’t get on with his new stepfather, John. John is having difficulty adjusting to his new role and frequently butts heads with moody Wiremu. At school, Wiremu asks his Te Reo teacher how to call a taniwha. What follows is a story of forgiveness and redemption.
TE AO NUI O NGA HUE
LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK by Vilsoni Hereniko
LADY EVA by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Tonga)
Lehua, a daring yet spiteful young girl who has lost her home in the chaos of war, hides out in a dark cave with her mother and infant brother. She longs to be out in the wild fighting the sinister dangers that lurk outside the cave, but when her grandfather returns wounded Lehua soon finds herself at the forefront of the struggle between life and death, forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.
Directed by Kenji Doughty.
THE BRIDGE (Hawai'i)
Directed by Cindy Iodice, Producers Connie M. Florez and Ken Monroe.