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Movies in the Pa

Movies in the Pa

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  • Sat 16 Nov ’13, 6:30pm – 10:00pm


Te Puia: NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Hemo Road, Rotorua


All Ages


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Join us for a celebration of Maori filmmaking - with a selection of local and nationally acclaimed short films sure to entertain the whole whānau.

Bring your own picnic or treat your family to some delights from our food stalls.

8 Intermediate aged Rotorua Schools took part in a "Vining" workshop and the products will be shown on the night, as well as the Films below:

Director: Mike Jonathan
Writer: Tere Harrison
For a young Maori girl it’s the first day at school, the first day without the security of her parents. Raised with Maori culture as her basis, she enters
a Pakeha world, a world she has little understanding of.
She knows she must define her own identity while gaining the acceptance of the others.

Whakatiki (13 min)
Director: Louise Leitch (2012)
Producer: Melissa Dodds Screenplay: Bernadette Murphy (Te Āti Awa)
Festivals: Tribeca 2012.
Kiri takes a trip with her family and friends to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. The place awakens powerful memories.

Nine of Hearts (15 min)
Director: Briar Grace-Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai) (2012)
Producer: Alexandra Keeble
Screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Joseph.
Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Māori-Pākehā spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen has already been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now.

The Dump (10 min)
Director/Screenplay: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Kāi Tahu) (2012)
Producer: Orlando Stewart.
Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Utah, The Dump is a story about a boy discovering there’s more to his dad than rubbish.

The Lawnmower Men of Kapu (14 min)
Director/Screenplay: Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti) (2011) Producer: Tainui Stephens.
Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood. He is counting on his three uncles to start helping the aunties at the marae.
Winner of the People's Choice Award, the top award at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, 2012.

Tatau (15 min)
Director/Screenplay: Chantelle Burgoyne
Producers: Zanna Gillespie, Graeme E. Bibby, Chantelle Burgoyne
As Siaki’s vision fails with age, memories of the painful tattooing he underwent in his youth haunt him as he yearns to see his tattoo completed before it’s too late.

Snow in Paradise (8 min)
Directors: Justine Simei-Barton, Nikki Si’ulepa
Producer: Paul Simei-Barton
Screenplay: Nikki Si’ulepa
Festivals: Berlin 2012.
The sun is shining and nature provides us with clear seawater for the fish, coconut for the land. The islanders live a happy, healthy life – until, far away, a fire rises.

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