The travelling programme of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will be presented in Wellington Whanganui-A-Tara in 2008, for the very first time!

Venues for the Wellington screenings will be the Paramount (Courtenay Place) and the NZ Film Archive Mediaplex (Featherston Street). The Paramount programme is shown below:

WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL
PRESENTS THE
WHANGANUI-A-TARA
MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL
PARAMOUNT, COURTENAY PL, WELLINGTON

When? Friday 6th June to Wednesday 11th June

What? A special selection of highlights from this year's Wairoa Maori Film Festival, presented under the banner of the inaugural Whanganui-A-Tara Matariki Film Festival.

Advance ticket sales and bookings at the Paramount:

Check at www.paramount.co.nz in case of late changes.

Programme is presented in chronological order:

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

CAME A HOT FRIDAY - OPENING NIGHT
1985 Mirage Films NZ 96 mins 35 mm

JOIN US as we honour the memory of Don Selwyn in one his best dramatic roles, classic kiwi comedy set in heartland NZ 1949. Wes Pennington and loyal mate Cyril are ripping off small-town bookmakers in one of the last great scams of horseracing. Snags arise when they become involved in a tangle of events that provoke mayhem of extraordinary proportions. Assistance comes in the form of an alliance with the Tainuia Kid.  With Billy T. James.

˜OPENING NIGHT & RECEPTION, Paramount, 8p.m. Friday 6th June (Reception from 7p.m., sponsored by Nga Aho Whakaari)


SATURDAY 7TH JUNE

SEEKING BIMAADIZIIWIN
2007 Canada 31 mins Directors Kelly Saxberg and Dave Clement


Reserve life, family problems and the death of a close friend push Kaitlyn into a deep depression. Following a suicide attempt and a lengthy hospital stay in a strange city, she finds herself in group therapy with the other Anishinawbe youth. Despite differences in their backgrounds and personal struggles, they begin to find strength and support in each other. Kaitlyn makes new connections to her culture and the people around her. However, a series of new tragedies continue to make her recovery uncertain. Also screening:

THE COLONY
2007 Canada 24 mins 35 mm Director Jeff Barnaby

A bi-racial menage a trois drenched in surrealist urban skank. Maytag, a reservation displaced Mi'gMaq, latches onto the only other Indian within light years of the city only to have her snatched away by his drug dealer and friend (Adults Only).

˜ CANADIAN SHORTS: SEEKING BIMAADIZIIWIN & THE COLONY, Paramount, 11.15 a.m. Saturday 7th June

THE GATHERING: RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS
2006 Australia 90mins DVD Producers
Kim Kindersley, Elaine Seiler, Julian Lennon, Steve Tribbeck

The Gathering documents an event in 1998 when indigenous elders from around the world gathered on the South Australia coast, invited there by Bunna Lawrie of the Mirnings, an Aboriginal people who believe the region is a portal into the Dream Time. Among the guests: Julian Lennon, a Bashi wisdom poet from Congo, Hawaiian Pua Mahoe, Maori Pauline Tangiora, Yolngu elder Jonny Barramula, and Siraku Tegri, of the Colombian Uw'a tribe. Named "Best Film" at the Byron Bay Film Festival, The Gathering tells the epic story of a people disconnected from their sacred ancestral lands, from their culture, and from the whales with whom they have an uncanny spiritual bond. (Maui Film Festival) Website: www.whaledreamers.com. Preceded by: My Place.

˜ THE GATHERING RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS, Paramount, 1.45 p.m. Saturday 7th June

WAY OF THE WARRIOR
2007 USA 57 mins Director Patty Loew

*** Film Makers Attending Screening ***

This documentary examines the warrior ethic to try to answer the question why, during the wars of the 20th Century, Native American men and women volunteered to serve in the military in numbers that far exceeded their proportion in the general population.

˜ WAY OF THE WARRIOR, Paramount, 3.30 p.m. Saturday 7th June

VOTE YES FOR ABORIGINES
2007 Australia 52 mins Director Frances Peters-Little 

‘Vote Yes for Aborigines’ marks the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum when over 90% of Australian voters created political history by saying YES to change the Constitution and allow Aboriginal people to be acknowledged as citizens in their own country.

˜ VOTE YES FOR ABORIGINES, Paramount,
5.30 p.m. Saturday 7th June

FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND
2007 USA 84 mins 35 mm Director Sterlin Harjo

Beautifully crafted and set under gorgeous Oklahoma skies, this poignant and wryly funny story of family and healing begins the morning Cufe Smallhill (Cody Lightning) finds his father quieter than usual, an empty bottle of pills at his side. Fulfilling his dad’s wish, Cufe sinks his father’s body in the pond to spare him the circus of a funeral. Cufe, his cousin, and mom decide to fake a funeral to satisfy the community, and Cufe’s beautiful tormented sister Miri (Tamara Podemski) comes home just long enough to convince Cufe to leave and visit her in the city.

˜ FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND, Paramount, 8.15 p.m. Saturday 7th June


SUNDAY 8TH JUNE

NIGGER LOVERS
2007 Australia 27 mins Director Rhonda Hagan
*** Film Makers Attending Screening ***

Known internationally for trying to get the word ‘Nigger’ removed from a sign in Toowoomba, Stephen Hagan is now being taken to Bankruptcy Court by the Toowoomba Sports Trust. Also screening:

THE LORE OF LOVE
2005 Australia 25 mins Director Beck Cole

Jessi Bartlett is an Aboriginal girl on the brink of womanhood. Her Pintubi grandmothers take her on an incredible journey back to their homelands where they teach her about the lore of love: traditional way.

STYLIN' UP
2005 Australia 13 mins Director Beck Cole

Short Documentary | 2005 | 13 mins | Australia | DVD

An annual community hip hop event in Brisbane is focused on indigenous talent.

˜ NIGGER LOVERS, THE LORE OF LOVE & STYLIN' UP, Paramount, 11.15 a.m. Sunday 8th June

BROKEN JOURNEY THE LIFE OF J.C. STURM

BROKEN JOURNEY 2007 NZ 52 mins Director Tim Rose Prod Huia Lambie

A visual biography of an acclaimed Māori woman writer, Jacqueline Cecelia Sturm (Taranaki, Whakatōhea), now aged 80 – one of the first Māori women to graduate from university.

Preceded by:

TURANGAARERE: THE JOHN POHE STORY
2007 NZ 26 mins Director Julian Arahanga

The story of a Maori war hero.

˜ BROKEN JOURNEY, Paramount, 1.45 p.m. Sunday 8th June

POLLYWOOD 2008

Once again we are pleased to have Craig Fasi and the Pollywood programme at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2008. Craig Fasi will be curating a special programme of short films comprising the best of Pollywood 2007 and Pollywood 2008.

˜POLLYWOOD 2008, 3.30 p.m., Paramount, Sunday 8th June

BUFFY ST. MARIE – A MULTIMEDIA LIFE
2006 Canada 48 mins

Buffy Sainte-Marie, as one of the most influential Aboriginal figures in recent historic times, is undisputedly a gifted performer and songwriter, a role model, an innovator and a respected educator and activist. This documentary profiles her magical life of performance and art. Preceded by:

˜ BUFFY ST. MARIE & HERDSWOMAN, Paramount, 5.30 p.m. Sunday 8th June

CAME A HOT FRIDAY
1985 Mirage Films NZ 96 mins 35 mm

Classic kiwi comedy. See above for full synopsis.

˜ CAME A HOT FRIDAY, Paramount, 8.15 p.m. Sunday 8th June


MONDAY 9TH JUNE

HERDSWOMAN
2007 Sweden 58 mins Director Kine Bowman

Aina, Elisabeth and Lisa belong to different generations. Their stories reflect life in Sapmi (Lapland) and the transition from nomadic existence to modern society.

˜ HERDSWOMAN, Paramount, 11.15 a.m. Monday 9th June

FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND
2007 USA 84 mins 35 mm Director Sterlin Harjo

Sterlin Harjo's feature debut. See above for full synopsis.

˜ FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND, Paramount, 2.15 p.m. Monday 9th June

MATARIKI SHORT FILM COLLECTION

An eclectic Matariki-time selection of seven indigenous short films from Aotearoa, USA and Australia, curated by Festival Director Leo Koziol:

TAUA 2007 NZ 15 mins 35mm Director Tearepa Kahi

Taua features an impressive 50-ft waka as the focal point for a compelling historical tale that examines a young boy's compassion amidst the rivalry of Maori tribes at war.

THE WORD 2007 15 mins 35 mm Director Quentin Parr

A futuristic short film about a boy caught between two worlds, the haves and the have nots.

CONVERSION
2007 USA 9 mins Director Nanobah Becker

A visit by Christian missionaries has tragic consequences for a family on a remote corner of the Navajo reservation.

49?
2005 USA 6 mins Director Sherman Alexie

This short was written by Sherman Alexie as part of the Seattle International Film Festival Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Gene Tagaban (The Business of Fancydancing) explores the Indian Musical Style known as a “49”.

HUSH
2007 Australia 5 mins Director: Dena Curtis

Ethel and her friend Mary resort to an unlikely occupation at night to top up their pensions. Ethel’s daughter is horrified when she discovers they are not really “playing cards”.

TWO BIG BOYS
2007 Australia 5 mins Director Jon Bell

Two brothers face a crisis of dignity, which causes them to examine their relationship and sets them on a quest to become indeed, two big boys.

JACKIE JACKIE
2007 Australia 5 mins Director: Adrian Wills

Jinaali is a sweet overweight Aboriginal checkout chick at the local supermarket. Her boss, Mr Chuck, is constantly on her back until Jinaali finds a voice of her own. Have you got your Jackie Jackie doll yet?

˜ MATARIKI SHORT FILM SELECTION, Paramount, 6.15 p.m. Monday 9th June

THE GATHERING: RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS
2006 Australia 90mins DVD Producers
Kim Kindersley, Elaine Seiler, Julian Lennon, Steve Tribbeck

The Gathering documents an event in 1998 when indigenous elders from around the world gathered on the South Australia coast. See above for full synopsis.

˜ THE GATHERING RETURN OF THE WHALE DREAMERS, Paramount, 8.15 p.m. Monday 9th June


TUESDAY 10TH JUNE

NIGGER LOVERS
2007 Australia 27 mins Director Rhonda Hagan
*** Film Makers Attending Screening ***

Known internationally for trying to get the word ‘Nigger’ removed from a sign in Toowoomba, Stephen Hagan is now being taken to Bankruptcy Court by the Toowoomba Sports Trust. Also screening:

THE LORE OF LOVE
2005 Australia 25 mins Director Beck Cole

Jessi Bartlett is an Aboriginal girl on the brink of womanhood. Her Pintubi grandmothers take her on an incredible journey back to their homelands where they teach her about the lore of love: traditional way.

STYLIN' UP
2005 Australia 13 mins Director Beck Cole

Short Documentary | 2005 | 13 mins | Australia | DVD

An annual community hip hop event in Brisbane is focused on indigenous talent.

˜ NIGGER LOVERS, THE LORE OF LOVE & STYLIN' UP, Paramount, 11.15 a.m. Tuesday 10th June

DARK SCIENCE Australia 52 mins Director Johan Gabrielsson & Warwick Thornton

Swedish scientist, Eric Mjoberg, came to the Kimberley of Western Australia in the early 1900’s seeking the missing link. He got more than he bargained for.

˜ DARK SCIENCE, Paramount, 2.15 p.m. Tuesday 10th June

SONGLINES TO THE SEINE
2007 Australia 52 mins Director Julie Nimmo

Songlines to the Seine begins at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, location of one of the newest museums in the world. Only one group of Indigenous artists was invited to collaborate on its architectural project – Aboriginal Australians.

˜ SONGLINES TO THE SEINE, Paramount,
6.15 p.m. Tuesday 10th June

MATARIKI SHORT FILM COLLECTION

An eclectic Matariki-time selection of seven indigenous short films from Aotearoa, USA and Australia, curated by Festival Director Leo Koziol:

TAUA 2007 NZ 15 mins 35mm Director Tearepa Kahi

THE WORD 2007 15 mins 35 mm Director Quentin Parr

CONVERSION
2007 USA 9 mins Director Nanobah Becker

49?
2005 USA 6 mins Director Sherman Alexie

HUSH
2007 Australia 5 mins Director: Dena Curtis

TWO BIG BOYS
2007 Australia 5 mins Director Jon Bell

JACKIE JACKIE
2007 Australia 5 mins Director: Adrian Wills

See above for full film synopses.

˜ MATARIKI SHORT FILM SELECTION, Paramount, 8.15 p.m. Tuesday 10th June


WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

UTU
1983 Utu Productions NZ 116 mins Director Geoff Murphy CLOSING NIGHT
(Entry by Gold Coin Donation)

The feature film classic Utu is our closing night film, a free screening and Poroporoaki for the Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2008. Leading a group of colonial troops through his country, a scout, Te Wheke, finds a burning village whose inhabitants have been massacred. It is a military blunder, the village was 'friendly' and the dead are Te Wheke's people. The horror drives him to seek utu. With Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence and Wi Kuki Kaa.

˜CLOSING NIGHT, Paramount, 7.00 p.m. Wednesday 11th June

 

 

 

 

 

WAIROA MAORI
& INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL

Wairoa Aotearoa
MATARIKI
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
WEEKEND

May 30th to
June 2nd 2008

Movies
Short Films
Documentaries

Wananga
Workshops
Korero

Partner:
NZ Film Archive

Sponsors:
NZ Film Commission
Creative NZ Te Waka Toi


www.manawairoa.com

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PATRONS
John Bayly
John Bluck
Huia Brown
Cliff Curtis
Waana Davis
Roger Donaldson
Barry Everard
Derek Fox
Mayor Bob Harvey
Witi Ihimaera
Dame Georgina Kirby
Huia Koziol
Pere Maitai
Mika
Geoff Murphy
Here Nissen
Rena Owen
Mayor Les Probert
Chris Sidney
Karen Sidney
Te Arohanoa Taiapa
Pauline Tangiora
Isabella Westbury

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Sonia Anderson
Huia Brown
Huia Koziol
Here Nissen
Joy Scott
Doreen Taiapa

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Leo Koziol

CONTACT US
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Film Festival Society Inc.
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WAIROA DISTRICT
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ph. (64) 6.837.8854
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