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Wairoa sets 2016 dates

The Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2016 will run 3 – 6 June at Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, with plans in place to return to the recently-reopened Gaiety Theatre which hosted this year’s Wairoa gala awards.

The theme of the 2016 festival will be NATIVE VIBRATIONS and feature a collection of Rastafarian films out of Jamaica.

“We hope to connect with the global Black experience out of communities like Harlem in New York and Trenchtown in Jamaica,” said Festival Director Leo Koziol. There will be a night of Maori Reggae Music Fusion at the centrepiece of the festival to celebrate this theme.

The festival will offer three discussion strands around the question: What is Native?

  • ILLUMInative – how spirit and connectedness and healing defines and affects who and how you are defined as as a native person;
  • COLORnative – how your skin color and appearance defines and affects who and how you are defined as a native person; and
  • ALTERnative – how personal relationships across colour, gender, tribe and culture affect who and how you, your partner and your descendants are defined as a native person.

The New Zealand Film Commission has once again been confirmed as primary support sponsor of the 2016 Wairoa Maori Film Festival. Koziol has been very successful in recent years in efforts to extend the festival’s reach, providing curated programmes to the NZIFF (Nga Whanaunga) and exchanging programmes wit festivals around the Pacific.

The call for entries for the 2016 event will open shortly.

Image: Tohunga (Ngapuhi) by Rebecca Collins, shot by Jack Woon

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