DATES: SATURDAY JUNE 31st & SUNDAY AUGUST 1st
SATURDAY JUNE 31st
OFFICIAL FESTIVAL POWHIRI
11.00 am Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
us as the Wairoa Maori Film Festival team travels to Levin to
assist Nua Film Festival Director Hiona Henare as we present the
second annual NUA FILM FESTIVAL, this year being held during Maori
Special Presentation: KA HAKU AU
2009 NZ 52 mins Producer Maramena
12.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
Story of Kohine Whakarua, song writer extraordinaire. In Te Reo
Maori with subtitles.
MATARIKI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (PART ONE)
1.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
// 2009 NZ 5 mins Director Chris Graham
and Polynesian group Smashproof profile tragedy and struggle in
SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN // 2010 NZ 15 mins Directors
Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland
Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Six Dollar Fifty Man follows
Andy, a gutsy 8 year-old boy who is forced to break out of his
make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies.
LILY AND RA
// 2009 NZ 8 mins Director Armagan Ballantyne
The injury and nursing back to health of a small bird is
a metaphor for Ra's fractured home life. Film produced by ART
for The World under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights. Script by Briar Grace-Smith.
// 2010 NZ 16 mins Director Hiona Henare
URU is the story of a young dispirited Maori woman finding
her identity. Based on
the true story of a group of Kahungunu women struggling for the
rights of Maori Women and Maori values in New
Zealand during the 1890’s. Actors:
Noa Campbell, Shannon Claire.
MOKOPUNA // 2009 NZ 12 min Director/Writer Ainsley
Mary is a part Maori girl, living in middle class suburban
KEHUA // 2009 NZ 13 min Director/Writer
On returning to his home for the first time, a boy discovers
he has a gift for seeing spirits – but he must gather his strength
to understand their messages.
NZ 8 mins Director Taika Waititi (Te Whanau-a-Apanui)
warrior returns to his tribal homeland in a quest for his cultural
WARBRICK // 2009 NZ 15 min Director Meihana &
One man’s legacy, one nation’s legend.
THIS WAY OF LIFE
(2009 NZ, 85 mins Directors
Tom Burstyn & Barbara Sumner Burstyn)
2.15 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
A long documentary about a poor yet loving young
family – Mum, Dad and six young children eight years and under
who live in rural Hawkes Bay near Omahu and the Ruahine Ranges. Dad, Peter Ottley-Karena
hunts and raises horses. Mum
is expecting their 7th child and the family is struggling to cope
with being evicted by Peter’s step-father
from the Karena family home. The documentary has to do with
how family bonds are strengthened despite the conflict.. Peter
feels that love of family and children takes priority.
OLDER THAN AMERICA
102 mins Director Georgina Lightning)
3.30 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
government worker goes to a small Indian reservation in Minnesota to investigate a mysterious earthquake.
He befriends the local police chief (Adam Beach), who leads him
to an abandoned school at the heart of the quake. What he finds
is a legacy of abuse and torture, as a young woman's vision tells
of a terrifying past. Gripping and often unsettling, Older than
America is a potent thriller about
the legacy of Indian Boarding and Residential
the USA and Canada, and the
true horror of this little discussed part of North American history.
feature film director and lead actress Georgina Lightning (Cree)
has extensive experience in the film industry as an actor, a producer,
and acting coach. In 2008, she was named by Filmmaker Magazine
one of the top 25 filmmakers to look out for. Since its premeiere
at imagineNATIVE, Older than America has won
over 18 awards at film festivals around the world. Lightning is
also the cofounder of Tribal Alliance Productions, a production
company committed to producing media that matters, told from a
native perspective. A long-time advocate of Native Indian advancement
in the film industry, Lightning also formed Native Media Network,
a group dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Native Indian
BOY // 2010
NZ 87 min Director/Writer Taika Waititi
6.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
Its 1984 on the East Coast. Boy is eleven years old and crazy
about Michael Jackson. His brother Rocky has magical powers and
his father Alamein is fresh out of prison.
THE STRENGTH OF WATER
8.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Saturday June 31st
// 2009 NZ 90 mins Director Armagan Ballantyne
An ineffable unity of loss and renewal, sadness and hope
flows through this bold and gravely beautiful film. Twins Kimi
and Melody are ten years old. They live a happy, fulfilled life
in a remote Maori community. But then a mysterious stranger turns
up one day, and disaster strikes. Tai – the stranger – is responsible
for an accident that separates the twins. Tai is punished by the
others for his negligence. Meanwhile Kimi is overcome by grief
and a feeling of infinite solitude. He has lost his inner balance.
Script by Briar Grace-Smith. Cast: Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi,
Jim Moriarty, Nancy Brunning, Isaac Barber, Pare Paseka, Shayne
SUNDAY AUGUST 1ST
REEL INJUN (2009 Canada 85 mins
Director Neil Diamond)
12.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin,
Sunday August 1st
homage to North American Native people throghout a century of
cinema, Reel Injun is a retelling of the history of the Hollywood
Indian. Embarking on a personal quest to deconstruct the image
of the stoic Indian that dotted television screens all over the
world, Cree director Neil Diamond compares his own Northern-Canadian
upbringing to the vastly different portrayals he grew up knowing
and loving in the movies.
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (PART TWO)
1.30 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Sunday August 1st
WAITANGI – MAJIC PAORA
// 2010 NZ 5 mins Director Kelvin McDonald
Majic Paora is a young 14 year old singer, and this is her
waiata story of Waitangi and its meaning to her and her whanau.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
// 2010 NZ 20 mins Director Neville-James Reedy
“My Brothers Keeper” tells the tale of what happens to a
family in a time of hardship.
Relationships are tested and pushed to the limit. But through the abiding nurture and continuing
support of a loving father….his legacy will live on.
KEI HEA TE KURI
// 2010 NZ 8 mins Director Ron-London Haretuku (Ngapuhi)
Mother has left for the weekend and half-caste Rarotongan
siblings Taki andToka are left alone with nothing in the fridge. Growing up with their English mother they have
no knowledge of their tribal roots.
A big effort is made by their polynesian friends – Tasi
(Samoan); Tipii (Tongan) and Tama (Maori).
They are all trying to organize a traditional feast by
hunting and gathering to help reconnect the two brothers to their
Polynesian culture when Toby, the dog, runs away.
// 2009 NZ 12 mins Director Mark Wigglesworth
Sent to war with no guns, a story of a group of Maori warriors
in World War I.
TUAKANA MY BROTHERS
NZ 40 mins Director/Writer Matt Inns)
Zealand, 1846... when a wounded Gabriel Connell, a Corporal of
the British Army, spares the life of an enemy Maori warrior, Te
Raukura, the pair become stranded together in the frozen aftermath
of a bloody skirmish. Able to find shelter for himself, Raukura
is faced with the decision of whether to save the life of his
// 2010 NZ 6 mins Director Neville-James Reedy
Original Music by Natrose and Jahfire. “Karere” an old warrior sits at the edge of
a fire singing a strange and ancient song.
NO PETROL, NO DIESEL
(2009 NZ 104 mins Director Stefen
3.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Sunday August 1st
‘good, hard working people’ of Temuka take on Overseas International
Liquids, aka Big Oil, in Stef Harris’ genial new small-town comedy.
With Jim Moriarty, Helen Pearse-Otene, Mark Hadlow and David McPhail.
Oscar Devlin and his whanau must fight the petrol company to keep
their home town alive.
5.00 pm Mauaupoko Marae, Levin, Sunday August 1st
The first annual Murupara Film Festival closes at a
Poroporoaki and a farewell for guest film makers and the festival
team from Wairoa.