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Māoriland opens programme

Now in its third year, NZ’s international indigenous film festival, Māoriland, offers a strong line-up of NZ titles in a programme that also brings in plenty of content from several other countries.

Among the local titles. Mahana gets its local festival premiere, and fellow Berlinale selection Born to Dance gets another big screen outing.

The same day it was announced for Māoriland, Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace (pictured, top) was a winner at FIFO in Tahiti, having also been awarded at ImagineNative last year. Lisa Reihana”s Tai Whetuki – House of Death, was also awarded at ImagineNative last year, and will play in Māoriland’s Wairua shorts programme..

Festival director Libby Hakaraia’s Hautoa Ma – The Rise Of Māori Cinema, made for Māori Television, also plays Māoriland as part of a strong doco line-up which includes programmes of international titles from ImagineNative, Spain’s Basque region and the Sápmi Nations. SCREENZ will take a closer look at some of the international fare on offer in the run-up to the festival.

Offscreen Māoriland will have the participation of a couple of stalwarts of the industry. Te Waihoroi Shortland will deliver a keynote, while the festival will also honour Larry Parr.

The almost full programme (a couple of sessions are still to be revealed) was announced on Waitangi Day. Maoriland runs 23 – 27 March in Ōtaki.

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