This selection of beautiful Maori Films will also be screened at the AMFF 2015
‘Butterfly,’ is a short yet moving narrative that explores a young Maori girls struggle with adolescent pregnancy. The motif of the ‘poi,’ and kapa haka (Maori action song and dance), carry the protagonist’s inner agony and are essentially the wings that buffer her pain through the unwanted rite of passage
Director: Renae Maihi | Producer: Sandra Richmond |Duration: 15 mins
THE BIGGEST BACHELORETTES GOT COOKING TALENT
The Biggest Bachelorette’s Got Cooking Talent is a dystopian mockumentary telling the story of a reality TV show that implodes following a demise of societal norms during the shows filming.
Director: TemaKwan Fenton | Writer: Sam Horder | Producer: Cyntia Mayashita | Duration: 15 mins
‘Maumahara’, (always remember,) is a cautionary tale on the dangers of young Maori forgetting or ignoring their traditional heritage and its importance for identity in one’s life.
Director: Tamati Ihaka |Producer: Steve Taylor |Duration: 13 mins
Wide Eyed explores a female adolescent’s short journey of trying to fit into an isolated community with her mother, stepfather and brother. Jade is struggling to find her place in a patriarchal world.
Director: Catherine Bisley | Producer: Catherine Fitzgerald
Three mischievous mokopuna concoct a devious plan to help their nan quit smoking in this hard-case animated comedy. Created in collaboration with Yoobee School of Design.
Director: Helena Bethune (Te Arawa, Te Whakatohea and Ngai Tuhoe) | Duration: 5mins
The relationship of a Maori couple is on the rocks; an academic student feels the neglect in his family; and an Indigenous teen struggles to find his place. Screening at Cannes 2014.
Director/ Writer: Apirana Ipo Te Maipi (“Api Ipo”) | Produced by Jesse Phomsouvanh | Australia | Duration: 15 mins
DOG ON DUTY
A thief steals a car from an elderly lady and upon driving along the road he discovers he has a passenger – the owner’s pet dog hiding in the back.
Director/ Writer: Lennie Hill | Producers: Tania Hill, Ronel Schodt, Mark Ruka | Duration: 7 mins