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ImagineNative to present strong NZ selection

Tammy Davis’ Born to Dance and Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa’s Three Wise Cousins will both play in this year’s ImagineNATIVE festival. Davis’ feature is returning to Canada after playing the Toronto IFF last year.

NZ’s hand in 16 titles is a significant contribution to the festival, which will present 96 titles in total from 72 indigenous nations.

Several of the shorts selected will be known from this year’s Wairoa And NZIFF programmes, including NZ’s Best Winner Wait by Yamin Tun.

Todd Karehana has two titles named, The Kweenz of Kelston and The Spectacular Imagination Of The Pōhara Brothers (pictured, top). Hanelle Harris, recently on screens in Paolo Rotondo’s Orphans & Kingdoms, has The Promise of Piha selected.

The remaining titles named are Renae Maihi’s Mannahatta, Robert George’s Smiths Ave, Jason Taylor’s The Turning Tide, Gregory King’s UFO, Kararaina Rangihau’s Ūkaipō Whenua (Mother’s Land), and Shannon Te Ao’s Untitled (epilogue).

There’s also a programme of shorts from the Maoriland Film Festival’s Native Slam, which teamed filmmakers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Samoa and the US.

The Native Slam programme will present:

  • Ara, d. Kath Akuhata-Brown, Echota Kilsnight, Sara Margrethe Oskal
  • Ra’stat’ste, d. Sonia Boileau, Mike Jonathan, Jeremiah Tauamiti
  • Sech’el, d. Trevor Mack, Cornel Ozies, Chelsea Winstanley
  • Skoha, d. Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Tainui Stephens, Rima Tamou
  • Tawhaowhao, d. Himiona Grace, Blackhorse Lowe, Sunna Nousuniemi

“imagineNATIVE’s line-up is an incredible showcase of the brilliance of Indigenous screen storytellers,” says Jason Ryle, Artistic Director. “This year’s Festival presents the broadest range of genres we’ve had to date and includes a large slate of new voices—a full half of the programmed works have been created by emerging filmmakers.”

As well as the significant number emerging filmmakers, half the films at this year’s ImagineNative have a woman director (solo or as part of a directing team).

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival runs 19 – 23 October in Toronto.

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