The Wairoa Maori Film Festival (WMFF) has announced its first selections for 2017, unveiling local titles (some of which will also play in the NZIFF’s Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika line-up) and titles from the regional focus on North America – or Turtle Island.
The early announcement local titles include Becs Arahanga’s Laundry (pictured, top) and Renae Maihi’s Mannahatta, which played at ImagineNative last year.
Kahurangi Carter’s Date Night, Aidan Otene Dickens’ Land Of The Taniwha and Sebastian Lowe’s experimental short Te Ao O Ngā Hui (The Wide World of the Gourd) are also announced.
Titles from around the Pacific include a trio of Hawaiin titles: Cindy Iodice’s The Bridge, Kenji Doughty’s Ho’omau and Fijian director Vilsoni Hereniko’s Let The Mountain Speak. Tongan Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu’s Lady Eva and Tahitian Manuarii Bonnefin’s Je Suis Une Fleur (I’m A Flower) round out the Pacific titles so far announced.
The North American focus at this year’s WMFF contains programmes curated by other festivals with which WMFF has built relationships, the mispon festival in Regina, Saskatchewan, and the Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival of Ottawa, which has curated ‘Year Zero’, a programme of activist film works coinciding with Canada marking its 150th birthday.
Other North American titles screening include Candy Renae Fox’s Why We’re Here: Stories From Standing Rock, and Terril Calder’s animated short Snip (pictured, below).
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival runs 2 – 5 June.