Film still from <em>Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020</em>

Film still from Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020
  • Sun 2 Aug 2020
  • 2—3:35PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival
  • Ticket prices for the Len Lye Centre Screenings:
  • Adults: $15.00
  • Concession: $12.00
  • Students: $12.00
  • Seniors: $12.00
  • Child: $12.00

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival. Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics.

In 2020, for the first time, Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts will be a competitive section of the festival with awards to be confirmed in July.

Purea (7 minutes)
Māori elder Hamo must bear the burden of carrying the spirits of her ancestors to their sacred mountain. Respectful and heartfelt. Deep in meaning and unlimited in vision. — CF

NZ 2020
Director/Screenplay: Kath Akuhata-Brown
Producers: Julian Arahanga, Verity Mackintosh, Becs Arahanga

Forgive Me (11 minutes)
Student Sina meets his professor in a cafe for their weekly game of chess, but soon discovers real life is more complicated than just a game. In an unbearable political climate, forbidden love is punishable by death. Would you give your life for love? — CF
USA/NZ 2020
Director/Screenplay: Chelsea Winstanley
Producers: Jennifer Semler, Michael Pogarian, Shaun Toub

Kapaemahu (8 minutes)
Four mysterious boulders on Waikiki Beach hold ancient spiritual powers. This stunning animation respectfully reawakens the long lost story of Māhū, who journeyed from Tahiti to Hawai’i bearing healing gifts. — LK

USA 2020
Directors/Screenplay/Producers: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

Emily (15 minutes)
After a terrible accident a mother faces her worst nightmare. A powerful story of loss and the human condition to overcome tragedy or accept defeat. — CF

NZ 2020
Director: Mark Papalii
Producer: Amy Laura Jansen
Screenplay: Mark Papalii, Alex McKenna

I Am the Moment (11 minutes)
An innovative Pasifika artist is unmasked. In pre-pandemic Tokyo, Tongan performance artist Kalisolaite ‘Uhila naturally visualises the creator becoming the created. — CF

NZ 2020
Director/Screenplay: Robert George
With: Kalisolaite ‘Uhila

Money Honey (9 minutes)
The chance discovery of a $20 note opens up a world of opportunity. Drift back to the 80s Spacies parlours (or is it the 90s?) when life for kids was not so serious – or was it? — LK

NZ 2019
Director/Screenplay: Isaac Knights-Washbourn
Producers: Lissandra Leite, Robby Peters

Gurl (20 minutes)
An infamous Māori drag queen falls for a fading rugby star on an ill-fated night in 1975. We’re gonna go back, way back, to a Vivian Street parlour serving instant coffee and toasted sandwiches, and a hypnotic glimpse into the life of the diva, the goddess, the one, the only Carmen. — LK

NZ 2020
Director/Screenplay/Producer: Mika X
Consulting Producers: Georgina Allison Conder, Philippa Campbell

81 mins | 2020 | New Zealand/US | Rating: M

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