- Thu 5 Nov 2020
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Rating: Exempt
- Free entry
- Booking Essential
- 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
A touching and important documentary that follows a group of Taranaki children on a bus trip to visit the places their ancestors were imprisoned and forced to labour in the 1880s.
In 2009, a group of Taranaki children were taken on a bus trip to visit the places their ancestors, passive resistors from Parihaka in the 1880s, were imprisoned and forced to labour. at places including Addington Jail in Christchurch and various buildings and roads in Dunedin.
Along the way, the children were welcomed at local marae by descendants of local Maori who supported the prisoners at the time. It was an emotional journey, documented by Paora Joseph’s camera and the children themselves. The narration is by the children, from their writing, poetry, song and art, expressed in a workshop after the journey.
Children, known at Parihaka as ‘tatarakihi’ (cicadas), after their chattering noise, have a special place in the village’s history. In 1881 the children of Parihaka greeted the invading armed constabulary with white feathers of peace, in accord with the philosophy of passive resistance taught by their two leaders, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi.
Tātarakihi – The Children of Parihaka is a documentary from Documentary Edge award-winning producer/director Paora Joseph and executive producer Gaylene Preston.
“While it recounts days of darkness, Tātarakihi – The Children Of Parihaka carries a sense of restoration and hope, and I hope it enables continued dialogue for understanding and mutual respect of both Maori and Pakeha in the New Zealand we know today."
“This film is dedicated to the memory of all who have carried the kaupapa of passive resistance taught by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi.” - Paora Joseph
2012 | NZ | 65 min | Dir. Paora Joseph, Janine Martin