WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2016
MAORI & PASIFIKA SHORT FILM SELECTION
Announcing the first release of the Maori and Pasifika short film selection screening at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2016. More details coming soon.
THE PŌHARA BROTHERS
NZ 2016 Director/Writer Todd Karehana (Maori) 8 mins
Nathan and Christian overhear their Mum needs money to pay her power bill before it's disconnected in twenty-four hours. They use their wit and imagination to try and raise the funds. Upon setting up a lemonade stand they meet Tamara and Alexis whom live next door. With time running out and unsuccessful attempts at selling lemonade, they decide to sell flying lessons to a Grumpy Kuia (Whirimako Black). She dismisses their lessons but is goaded into trying them- she wagers that if the boys don't make her fly then they will owe her $60. Will she fly? What have they got planned? Will they pay the power before it gets disconnected?
NZ 2015 Director/Writer Tere Harrison (Maori, Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu) 14 mins
Set in a rugby league clubrooms, 'Run It Straight' tells the story of a community who open their hearts to the hard story of West Papua. Cast: Rodger Burt, Hone Harawira, Teresia Teaiwa, Maria Bargh, Pala Molisa, Pania Houkamau Ngaheu.
“Kaingakau ana au ki ngā korero o ngāi tāua. Me whakanui ngā taonga korero ō rātou mā. I am passionate about telling our stories in our way.
'Run It Straight', West Papua is an issue that should hit us in the hearts and kick us in the teeth, the same thing happened to us. It's time for Māori, for the world to run it straight for West Papua.” – Tere Harrison
NZ 2016 Director/Writer Robert George (Maori/Samoan) 10 mins
An avant-garde look at when a young Maori (indigenous to New Zealand) man's routine is interrupted with a phone call from his estranged father which leaves him pondering events from his childhood before his father left him.
NZ 2015 Director/Writer Ropata Smith-Warren (Maori) 13 mins
Taonga is a film that follows the life of Jayden as he steals an ancient necklace from a local museum, the trouble is Jayden doesn't know that the necklace beares a mighty curse, we follow Jayden as he struggles to overcome the repercussions of stealing the necklace, will Jayden survive the curse or will he pay the ultimate price for breaking Tapu.
Ropata values himself as a hard working Writer and Director who brings originality to the film atmosphere, Ropata enjoys creating films that are unique to the rest of the world by exploring the natural heritage that surrounds us. (NZ) Ropata tries hard to bring New Zealand something that can reflect on our beautiful country.
Director Statement: "Tapu, tabu or kapu is a Polynesian traditional concept denoting something holy or sacred." I created this short film on the basis that I wanted to explore the limits of "Tapu" and show what can happen to people if they break Tapu.
Australia 2016 Directors Kiri Barber & Terrance Raj Writer Kiri Barber DOP Fred Renata 13 mins
Inspired by a true story of the Maori Battalion in World War II. The reality of war sets in as Boogy, Hina, Rangi and Edison, find themselves trapped on enemy territory. The cousins left their country home town of Porirua, New Zealand two years prior and are deep in the dominion of WWII. The men quickly realize that they have been surrounded by Hitlers brutal army. Each of the soldiers feels powerless to wage a counter attack against the German soldiers. Edison, the eldest of the cousins, decides that the only way out is to create a diversion by performing their traditional Haka. Cast: Eds Eramiha Key Cast Mahana, Dead lands, Riana Barber, Aroihi Chapman - Barber, Arapeta Chapman – Barber, Marino Chapman – Barber.
Kiribati, 2016 Director/Writer Tom O’Halloran (Maori – Ngapuhi) 31 mins
On Makin, the northernmost island of Kiribati, we watch a community living as they have lived for thousands of years uninterrupted, absorbing the modern world while holding on to their customs and rituals. Time is irrelevant; they work co-operatively to sustain themselves, come together to entertain each other, not oblivious, but regardless of the rumblings of the outside world. Is it an ethnographic documentary on the inhabitants of a remote Pacific Ocean atoll, or, a science fiction film capturing a people biding time before their island disappears under the rising sea? Language: I-Kiribati with English Subtitles
Director Statement: “I believe that film is a deeply contemplative art, that audiences should be respected - this can be done without manipulation. Time is a major theme in my work, and my film on Kiribati is a further investigation into this idea. Time there, being finite due to climate change; but in feeling, being infinite and irrelevant - because time as we know it is a western concept, rather than a natural one.”
2015 NZ Director/Writer Lawrence Keil (Samoan) 15 mins
Tavita/Lani is a family drama about a religious Samoan father who is faced with a huge decision. Whether he should accept his son's decision of being a woman (fa'afafine}.
Lawrence Keil Biography
Lawrence developed a strong passion for writing stories as he grew up in Samoa. The environment he grew up in was rich in culture and art. His mother was part of a traditional dance crew and she ran a business of designing clothes that represented both traditional Samoan wear and modern day life. After graduating high school he attended the National University of Samoa where he studied in the field of science. Lawrence wished to have studied film in school but Samoan schools did not include any media studies in their curriculum.
He moved to New Zealand to attend South Seas Film & Television School to pursue his goal of becoming a film director and screenplay writer. In South Seas, he had written and directed the short films, “The Meeting”, “The Room”, “Goodbye” and “Tavita/Lani”.
‘Tavita/Lani’ speaks directly to the Polynesian and transgender communities. It is a touching film that delivers its story by relying solely on the performance of the actors and the visual style of the shots. As I wrote the script for ‘Tavita/Lani’ it was a challenge to jam so much story into just fourteen minutes without having the story drag or being rushed - as well as not lose its true essence. I was proud with my final draft of the script and knew that it was going to turn into a great film. As my script writing tutor in film school would say, “You can only make a good movie with a good script”. I was really buzzy to shoot it. ‘Tavita/Lani’ is filled with multiple elements, from the dark family arguments, to the light hearted scene of a family hanging out at the beach. A moment when the actors sit in dead silence to when there is loud music and bright lights for a pageant. Despite having so much contrast in one film, it still made sense in a way. It also succeeds to deliver an important message to the audience, that we must accept and love our family no matter what – we must never take family for granted.