Film still from <em>Two Cars, One Night</em> Image courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission

Film still from Two Cars, One Night Image courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission

Māori Short Films

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
  • Sun 15 Sep 2019
  • 11AM—12PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated Various (see below for details)

Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with a selection of short films made in Aotearoa.

Tama Tu
Six Maori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of an Italian home.  Forced into silence they keep themselves amused like any boys would, with jokes and laughter.  As they try to 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 to unite their spirits before they head back into the dark of war.
NZ, 2004, Rated PG, 18 min., Dir. Taika Waititi

Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, their relationship meets the ultimate test when they venture into the woods, hunting a notorious possum named Scar.
NZ, 2016, Rated PG, 15 min., Dir. Dave Whitehead

Pūmanawa: The Gift
Learning that her daughter is serious about a Christian boyfriend, a mother fears it will threaten a spiritual gift both women have inherited. She takes her daughter back to her own tragic past to show how loneliness, hope and faith can turn love into turmoil. Finally, the daughter must consider the meaning of love and the value of her precious gift.
NZ, 2013, Rated M, 14 min., Dir. Poata Eruera

Two Cars One Night 
While waiting for their parents, two boys and a girl meet in the carpark 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.
NZ, 2004, Rated G, 11 min., Dir. Taika Waititi


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Film still from <em>Tama Tu</em> Image courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission

Film still from Tama Tu Image courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission

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