Environmental Theme (Press Release)

PRESS RELEASE: ENVIRONMENTAL THEME TO MAORI FILM FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wairoa, Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuesday March 25th 2008

COMING UP THIS MATARIKI Queen’s Birthday Weekend May 30th to June 2nd is the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, a celebration of Maori and indigenous film achievement. Now in its third incarnation, the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will this year have a special environmental theme and focus to the film works presented.

“The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Te Karanga O Papatuanuku, Te Waiata O Te Whenua’ ~ ‘The Land Sings, The Earth Cries Out”, says Festival Director Leo Koziol. “As we face a world imperiled by ecological decline and the uncertain impacts of climate change, we find it is our indigenous voices that are emerging as beacons of hope for the future of our planet.”

Highlights of this year’s environmental programme include:

RESTORING THE MAURI OF LAKE OMAPERE Locals speaks out about the pollution of Lake Omapere, once considered the great food basket of Nga Puhi.
THE NEGLECTED MIRACLE Barry Barclay’s classic documentary on the plight of stewards of the world’s plant genetic resources.
HERDSWOMAN Aina, Elisabeth and Lisa belong to different generations. Their stories reflect life in Sapmi (Lapland) and the transition from nomadic existence to modern society.
BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND An examination of the secret treaty that allowed the US military to train and test its weaponry on Australian soil, and its impact on indigenous communities “downwind”.
ATLANTIS APPROACHING The Tuvalu people face the impeding sea level rise caused by global climate change.
KAITIAKI SERIES Profiling environmental issues in the communities of Raglan, Whakatane and Maungatautari.
Directors and producers of the above film works have been invited to present their films at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, with guests from as far away as Canada and Finland now making plans to attend.

Selections from the above programme will also be screened at the Wellington and Auckland Matariki Film Showcases.

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Wairoa Maori Film Festival Dates:
MATARIKI QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Gaiety Cinema and Taihoa Marae, Wairoa
Friday 30th May to Monday June 2nd 2008

TRAVELLING MATARIKI FILM FESTIVAL SHOWCASE:
MIC Toi Rerehiko & Academy Cinema, Auckland, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Paramount Cinema & NZ Film Archive Mediaplex, Wellington, June 2008 (final dates TBC)
Regent Cinema, Taumarunui, July 2008 (final dates TBC)

AUTHORISED BY: Te Roopu Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa – Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society Inc., C/- Box 85, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Aotearoa New Zealand * Phone 06 837 8854 * Email: maorimovies@gmail.com

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