Mana Wairoa Māori Shorts

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    'The Lawnmower Men of Kapu'

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    'The Lawnmower Men of Kapu'


Mana Wairoa Māori Shorts


Sunday Aug 03 07:30 PM
Wednesday Aug 06 01:00 PM
Monday Aug 25 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

The Wairoa Māori Film Festival was founded in 2005 with the purpose of supporting, recognizing and presenting the indigenous storyteller narrative. We are proud to present this stunning selection of short films directed by Māori-descent wahine (female) filmmakers, hand-picked by Wairoa Māori Film Festival Director Leo Koziol.

Directed by Rebecca Collins (Te Rarawa, Hapu: Ngati Te Reinga). Aotearoa. 2013. 8 mins

When a young boy falls ill, a family turns to a tohunga for help. Unknowingly, a young girl bears witness to a world never meant for her.

Directed by Renae Maihi - Nga Puhi (Ngati whakaeke) Te Arawa (Ngati whakaue). Produced by Sandra Richmond and Renae Maihi. Starring Jahna Batt, Aroha Hathaway. Aotearoa. 2013. 14 mins.

Sometimes memories never fade; they just fly away for a time waiting for the right moment to return. 

Written and directed by Hiona Henare (Ngati Mauaupoko). Produced by Hiona Henare and Ngawaeroa Maniapoto. Starring Noa Campbell and Shannon Claire. Aotearoa. 2010. 15 mins
tells the story of a disenchanted woman who turns from her Māori ancestry to embrace a new way of life with the European settlers. The film is based on a speech made by Akenehi Tomoana, a highly respected woman from the East Coast of New Zealand, whose speech influenced a whole community of tribal women to take control of Māori women’s rights, Māori issues and cultural identity at a local conference in 1895. The Māori women’s movement was part of a political uprising across New Zealand in response to post-treaty colonialism.

Nine Of Hearts
Directed by Briar Grace-Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Wai). Produced by Alexandra Keeble. Screenplay by Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Joseph.
Aotearoa. 2012. 15 mins
Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Māori-Pākehā spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen, a Pākehā mother, has been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now. Drawn forward by her two high-pitched fairy children, Gen must confront Nola, her teenage Māori daughter, who has wisdom beyond her years,and fury at her mother.

Kia Ora Miguel
Directed by Jaimee Poipoi (Ngati Kahungungu, Nga Puhi). Aotearoa. 2014. 9 mins.

Koro’s day takes an unexpected turn when his daughter Tania returns home after 10 years. Having to deal with past hurt and resentment, Koro must also meet his grandson for the first time, non-English speaking 10-year-old Miguel.

The Lawnmower Men of Kapu
Written and directed by Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti). Produced by Tainui Stephens. Aotearoa. 14 mins.

Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood, and he is counting on his three uncles to help the aunties. But the uncles have a major falling out with each other. Atawhai learns a valuable lesson about family and tradition, and his place in both.

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