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Selected Māori Short Films

Selected Māori Short Films

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  • Wed 22 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 23 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Fri 24 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 25 Jun ’16, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 25 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25
  • Concession: $8.20

Screening as part of Matariki Pūrākaunui | Matariki Stories 2016.

A moving and varied programme of short films that recently screened at the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 in Guam. Matariki is a time for sharing stories. Join us for a feast of inspiring, thought-provoking – and a little bit spooky – Māori films.

"The Makutu on Mrs. Jones" (Larry Parr, 1983, 24:31)
Young Tāwhai Bennett gets a holiday job helping Mrs. Jones deliver groceries to isolated farms. After a confrontation between Mrs. Jones and Mr. Hōhepa, a tohunga, Tāwhai fears that a curse will be put on her. Based on the short story by Witi Ihimaera.

"The Visitation" (Ian Mune, 1994, 46:25)
Joseph sees what no one else can see. Only he knows what murdered spirit possesses Moana’s young son. Revenge is yet to be exacted.

"Two Cars, One Night" (Taika Waititi, 2003, 11:16)
A tale of first love. While waiting for their parents, two boys and a girl meet in the car park of a rural pub. What at first seems to be a relationship based on rivalry soon develops into a close friendship. We learn that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.

"Tama Tū" (Taika Waititi, 2004, 17:03)
Six Māori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of a ruined Italian home. Forced into silence they keep themselves amused like any boys would, with jokes and laughter. As they try and ignore the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of the dying. They gather to say a karakia (prayer) to unite their spirits before they head back into the dark of war.

"Tūrangawaewae" (Peter Burger, 2003, 13:00)
Tiare, a veteran from the Vietnam War, lives homeless, wandering the city, collecting bits and pieces in his plastic bags... His daughter brings her own daughter to visit and tries yet again to persuade him to return to their ancestral home. He does not wish to go there.

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