(SCREENINGS: $10 Per Person Day Pass/$5 Day Pass for Kaumatua & Children)

THE OCTOBER SILENCE

(2009 Argentina 80 mins Director Valeria Mapelman Bueons)

9.00 am Monday 7 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

In October 1947, during J D Peron’s administration, in a place called La Bomba hundreds of Pilaga People are massacred and thus vanished.  Sixty years later survivors reveal the details. In Pilaga/Spanish (English subtitles). 

CANGLESKA WAKAN THE SACRED HOOP

(2009 USA 53 mins Director: Aitken Pearson)

10.20 am Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

Cangleska Wakan is a Lakota term meaning Sacred Circle or Hoop. It is based on the Sioux concept that everything in the universe is interrelated, human beings and all things which exist in their environment are connected in one continuous process of growth and development. This feature documentary addresses the 'Sacred Hoop' of the Lakota Nation through the eyes and voices of various contributors on Indian Reservations in South Dakota. 

LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

(2009 NZ 75 mins Director Florian Habicht)

11.30 am Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

Claimed to be the largest surfcasting event in the world, the annual Ninety Mile Beach Red Snapper Classic attracts hundreds of anglers for five days every February. 

(1.00 pm LUNCH BREAK) 

EMBARGO COLLECTIVE SHORT FILMS:
IMAGINENATIVE (CANADA)

1.30 pm Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

Seven of the world’s most talented young indigenous filmmakers challenge one another to push beyond their comfort zones and create new films unlike anything they’ve made before. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions and commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the filmmakers created custom restrictions for one another. A documentary director is challenged to make a heavy metal musical with zombies and a dramatic comedy director is ordered to make a serious film with real tears; in the spirit of true creative collaboration, each filmmaker finds a new voice. Contact: www.imaginenative.org

 

THE WHITE TIGER

// 2009 NZ 8 mins Director Taika Waititi (Te Whanau-a-Apanui)

An urban warrior returns to his tribal homeland in a quest for his cultural identity.

FIRST CONTACT

// 2009 Australia 8 min Director Rima Tamou (Bulgunnwarra/Nga Ruahine Rangi)

The lives of two brothers change drastically after they discover strange tracks while hunting.

 

THREE LITTLE BOYS

// 2009 USA 8 mins Director Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)

Three young boys just can’t stop being troublemakers. 

b. DREAMS

// 2009 USA 10 mins D: Blackhorse Lowe (Diné)

Romance and comedy come together in a contemporary portrait of love on a Navajo reservation.

 

TSI TKAHÉHTAYEN /THE GARDEN

// 2009 Canada 12 mins Director Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Hailtsuk/Mohawk)

Three Mohawk women come to a mystical gardener seeking help to fill the holes in their lives, but the gardener needs some help of his own.

 

SAVAGE

// 2009 Canada 6 mins Director Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe)

In a place like this, there aren’t many chances to be a kid. But, when no one’s watching… A residential school musical.

?E?ANX / THE CAVE

// 2009 Canada 10 mins Director Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in)

A hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife.

 

OLDER THAN AMERICA

(2007 Canada 102 mins Director Georgina Lightning)

 

2.30 pm Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District 

A 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 Schools in the USA and Canada, and the true horror of this little discussed part of North American history.

First-time 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 talent.

 (4.15 pm AFTERNOON TEA) 

MATARIKI SHORT FILMS

(PART TWO, PG13 Not Suitable for Children)

4.30 pm Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District 

BROTHER SMASHPROOF // 2009 NZ 5 mins Director Chris Graham

Maori and Polynesian group Smashproof profile tragedy and struggle in South Auckland. 

ZERO // 2010 NZ 16 mins Director Leo Woodhead

In a rough neighbourhood, a volatile teenager struggles to detach himself from the influence of his imprisoned father. Attracting the sympathy of the girl next door and given direction by a local mechanic, the boy starts to glimpse an alternate path for himself. But as the trio spend more time together, the boy’s violent emotions re-emerge, threatening to destroy his chance of a new beginning. Cast: Hunter MacDonald, Emily Barclay, Erroll Shand, Nicola Kawana, Jason Capper. 

REDEMPTION // 2010 NZ 17 mins Director Katie Wolfe

A love story featuring two young Maoris. A story about growing up and an unusual relationship that is simple, moving and tragic. A boy, a girl … and a step too far into a personal abyss of violence and pain. Survival may not bring a happy ending. Cast: Pana Hema-Taylor, Sera Henare, Karlos Drinkwater.  Writers Tim Balme, Renae Maihi & Katie Wolfe based on story by Phil Kawana. 

THE LAST WORDS // 2008 NZ 9 mins Director Peter Bell

A Black Comedy? A Cautionary Tale.  The break-up of a long term relationship has left Alan devastated.  So he plans revenge by filming his own fake suicide and sending the tape to his ex-fiancee.  All plans fall apart when a friendly bum called Muddy decides to help Alan make his film …and we learn to be careful for what you wish or at least what you tell others is your wish.    

TE WHAKAPOURI THE DARKENING // 2009 18 mins Director Penehamine Netana Patuawa

Te Whakapouri The Darkening is about Tana Tu, a warrior prophet, and his complex interaction with Jehovah (God). Once Jehovah walked peacefully in the Garden of Eden with his creation Adam. But how would he now walk with one of his creations after the fall? What would Jehovah be like if He can to Earth as a man just like his son Jesus Christ did? Would he be the personification of himself in the Old Testament? Jealous and vengeful? Or would He be more like his Son? Compassionate and sympathetic? 

DAY TRIP // 2010 NZ 11 mins Director Zoe McIntosh

A gang member wakes up one morning and decides he needs a day off, so he impulsively decides to take a short ferry trip. With his tattooed face, black leather clothing, and prominent gang patch, the gangster is a fish out of water when he arrives in the idyllic small port town of Picton. The experience he has there will change his outlook on life forever. Cast: Tuhoe Isaac. 

AOTEAROA MINUIT // 2009 NZ 3 mins

Minuit’s stunning music video meditation on Aotearoa New Zealand identity. 

KORE / TAHI / KORE

Audio Visual Installation Opening (Reception for Film Awards Evening)

7.30 pm Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

A multimedia, multi-dimensional media art exhibition curated by Festival Director entitled “Kore Tahi Kore” from nothing comes the universal oneness of everything, featuring Leo Koziol, Reuben Paterson and Tracey Tawhiao.

Features: Te Putahitanga o rehua: Reuben Paterson’s screenprints are unique in that each work is hand-finished with a glitterdust surface.  These screenprints encompass images from three major series of Paterson’s work: kowhaiwhai patterning, palm tree landscapes and his kaleidoscopic paintings.  Inspired by his installation at Riccarton House in Christchurch in 2004, Paterson created the animated work, Te Putahitanga o rehua, which memorises with its black and white surging optical patterns.

Further artists to be confirmed.

“BENEATH THE MAORI MOON”
MAORI FILM AWARDS DINNER & NUHAKA MUSICAL EVENING

8.00 pm Saturday 5 June // Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

Join us with our guest film makers from near and far for the Festival Awards Dinner at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka.  Tickets $40 include musical concert, dinner and drinks. Prizes to be given out:

  • Best Male Actor – Short Film (2010 Aotearoa Drama)
  • Best Female Actor – Short Film (2010 Aotearoa Drama)
  • Best Male Actor – Feature Film (2010 Aotearoa Drama)
  • Best Female Actor – Feature Film (2010 Aotearoa Drama)
  • Best International Indigenous Entry (2010 Festival)
  • Best Aotearoa Feature Drama or Documentary (2010 Festival)
  • Festival Prize (Best Overall Entry Festival 2010)

Tonight’s festivities arethemed as “Beneath The Maori Moon,” named after Walter Smith’s song from the 1950s and sung by the late, great George Nepia. Join us as Cambridge Wairau and the musical talents of Nuhaka whanau and friends profile the great musical talents of Nuhaka past and present:

  • Walter Smith’s “Beneath the Maori Moon” “Kia Ngawari”  “Dear Old Maoriland”
  • Riki Smith’s “Hometown By The Bay” “Blue Smoke” “Theme Song Broken Barrier”
  • Tommy Taurima’s “Kotiro Maori E ” “Te Rina” “Mahinarangi”
  • Huia Koziol’s adaptation of “Kasegawa” – “The Nuhaka General Store”

WALTER SMITH (Biography from “Te Ao Hou”)

Born in the small East Coast town of Nuhaka, Walter Smith lived mostly in Auckland. He was a naturally gifted musician and over 40 years passed on his talents to many Maori and European students. Three of the best-known Maori songs he wrote were “Dear Old Maoriland”, “Land of the South Sea Isles”, and “Beneath the Maori Moon.” In his youth, Mr Smith toured overseas with Maori concert parties and it was in California that he met his wife. 

CLOSING ACT “YOUNG TRU7HY”

Up and coming performer Young Tru7hy is an up and coming musician and sound tech wizard from Nuhaka and Wairoa and he is closing out the night with his unique mix of rap, R&B and soul. 

(10.00 PM EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT CONCLUDES) 

Festival Sponsored by Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi and NZ Film Commission

Presented by Te Taurima Whakaata Maori I Te Wairoa Inc & Maori+Native Entertainment Ltd.

 

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WAIROA MAORI
FILM FESTIVAL

Wairoa Aotearoa
MATARIKI
Queen's Birthday Weekend

Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th June 2010

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL POWHIRI
3 pm Thu 3 June
Taihoa Marae, Wairoa

WAIROA MAORI FILM NIGHT
6 pm Thu 3 June
Taihoa Marae

WAIROA TO WARSAW FILM HUI
10 am to 4 pm
Friday 4 June
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District

NUHAKA FILM WEEKEND PART 1
6 pm Fri 4 June
10am-5pm Sat 5 Jun
Kahungunu Marae,
Nuhaka, Wairoa District

KORE/TAHI/KORE
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District
6 pm Sat 5 June

WAIROA MAORI FILM AWARDS
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District
8 pm Sat 5 June

NUHAKA FILM WEEKEND PART 2
9am-9pm Sun 6 Jun
10am-1pmMon 7 Jun
Kahungunu Marae,
Nuhaka, Wairoa District

POROPOROAKI
1 pm Mon 7 Jun

Kahungunu Marae,
Nuhaka, Wairoa District

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Movies
Short Films
Documentaries

Wananga
Workshops
Korero

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
Caren Fox
Derek Fox
Mayor Bob Harvey
Witi Ihimaera
Wilson Isaac
Dame Georgina Kirby
Huia Koziol
Pere Maitai
Mika
Geoff Murphy
Here Nissen
Rena Owen
Mayor Les Probert
Chris Sidney
Karen Sidney
Te Arohanoa Taiapa
Billy T.K.
Pauline Tangiora
Isabella Westbury

EXECUTIVE
Huia Brown
Huia Koziol
Here Nissen
Joy Scott
Ruby Reid
Josh Preston
Doreen Taiapa

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Leo Koziol


CONTACT US
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Film Festival Society Inc.
C/- PO Box 85, NUHAKA
WAIROA DISTRICT
Aotearoa New Zealand
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