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Festival Fare: Wairoa Maori Film Festival, 18 March 2016

Big Year for Maori Film Festival


It’s a big year ahead for the Maori film festival. Based in Wairoa, the Maori film festival now hosts film screenings across NZ, and curates film programmes around the world. Below check out news on events in Wairoa, Auckland, Invercargill, Paris, Honolulu and Tahiti. But first, here’s details of our new radio show on Maori radio Waatea.


Starting November 2015, a weekly film and arts show has been presented on Radio Waatea 603 AM, KORERO KIRIATA with Leo Koziol (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rakaipaaka). With Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Rakaipaaka whakapapa, for over a decade Leo Koziol has been the Director of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival. An environmentalist, film curator, producer and artist, Leo takes a weekly look at the Maori film scene, and beyond. Maori in films, the world indigenous film industry and a whole lot more.

“We’ve had a great response to the show, we’ve talked to people in the film world and theatre world, had interviews with film makers and film festivals in Hawaii, Canada, Sydney, Cairns and Sami,” says Leo Koziol. “Our exciting next step is podcasting of our show on our blog. We’re also really excited about our partnership with our friends at NZ Entertainment Podcast, Wal Reid and Jarred Tito who are now regulars on the show. It is hoped to live broadcast from the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in June via Radio Waatea and our podcast / webcast network.”

Korero Kiriata, with Leo Koziol, Friday mornings 10 am on Waatea 603 AM, rebroadcast Sundays 1 pm, and online at manawairoa.com

This month, we are partnering with the Oceanistes Society in Paris for a very special screening of Maori films at Musee du Quai Branly. Representing the Maori film festival at this event will be Deborah Walker-Morrison (Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu), film maker and associate professor at University of Auckland. Deborah Walker-Morrison has specialised knowledge in French film noir and Maori cinema.

The following films will be presented at Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France on March 31, 2016:”Taniwha” by Mika; “Tohunga” by Rebecca Collins; “Pumanawa” by Poata Eruera; “Ahi Ka” by Richard Curtis; “Uru” by Hiona Henare, followed by korero (in French) with Deborah Walker-Morrison, ambassador to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

In June, Wairoa Maori Film Festival will be partnering with the Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival in Ottawa, Canada, to present a collection of short films in Wairoa and Auckland. The collection of films will be themed on “Music” or “Nigamowin” and will be screened at the Maori Film Festival in Wairoa and at a special presentation at Auckland Art Gallery.

“In the Anishinaabe language, the word for singing, or song, is Nigamowin. Songs are an integral part of traditional Anishinaabe culture and language, and are often accompanied by the drum, which is said to be the heartbeat of mother earth,” says Asinabka curators Howard Adler and Christopher Wong.

“Nigamowin” will be the centrepiece presentation of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival on Saturday June 4. The Wairoa Maori Film Festival runs from June 3 to June 6, at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, and the Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa.

Films curated by Asinabka will also be presented at a special Maori & Indigenous Film Festival at Auckland Art Gallery on June 11.

T-Tahiti Film Festival, Papeete, French Polynesia 5 to 14 May 2016
Maori short films from Aotearoa screen in Tahiti, including T-Tahiti prize winner “Tits on a Bull.” Then short films from Tahiti screen at Wairoa, June 3-6, where 2016 T-Tahiti prize winner is announced. t-tahiti.com

Aotearoa NZ Film Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii USA 21 to 24 May 2016
NZ and NZ Maori film programme in Honolulu, including short films curated by the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

Maori & Indigenous Film Festival, Auckland Art Gallery, Saturday June 11 2016
A collection of Maori and indigenous Canadian films fresh from the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, with international guests present.

Kia Ora Shorts Invercargill, 18 & 19 June 2016, Southland Museum, Invercargill
A weekend of Maori short films as part of the Southland Matariki Festival.

Kia Ora Shorts @ Corban Estate Arts Centre, 30 June & 1 July, Henderson, Auckland
Maori short films presented as part of the Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival.

New Zealand International Film Festival, from 18 July, Auckland, Wellington and across NZ
Wairoa Maori Film Festival will once again co-curate with Pollywood the “Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika” short film programme.

Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2016
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka & Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
Friday June 3 to Monday June 6 * Queen’s Birthday Weekend
Maori Films * Annual Maori Cinema Hui * Art & Wananga
kiaora.tv * manawairoa.com

Image: Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (Photo: Leo Koziol)


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