Matariki Māori Short Film Festival
The Matariki Maori Short Film Festival 2009 opens at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura, Wednesday July 8th 2009. Tickets $10 plus booking fees. (includes supper)
Matariki, the Māori New Year, is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars known as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, in the constellation Taurus. Pleiades rising in the morning sky signals the oncoming winter solstice and the Māori New Year is the day after the next new moon.
Wed 08 Jul 09, 7:30pm - 9:30pm: venue: Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura, Auckland
The festival presents a national travelling programme of new contemporary Maori short films presented by Te Roopu Whakaata Maori i Te Wairoa Inc. Wairoa Maori Film Festival Society.
Matariki Events/ NZ Live reports, the featured films include:
"Tangaroa God of the Sea 2008 NZ - 5 mins - Director: Carey CarterTuia
Inspired by the raw energy of Tangaroa, God of the Sea, this powerful music video pays homage to Maori tradition while paving the way for contemporary interpretation.
Shadows 2008 NZ - 12 mins - Director: Mike Jonathon
A brilliant and exquisitely terrifying trip into the haunted soul of a man tormented by demonic shadows. Fasten your seat belts.
Journey to Ihipa 2009 NZ - 15 mins - Director: Nancy Brunning
When a young soldier dies during WWII, extended Maori family protect the bloodline by taking his baby from his European mother. She waits her whole life for him to return, but when he finally does, it’s not what she hoped for...
Patu Ihup 2007 - 35 mins - Director: Summer Agnew
A young man explores a memory of a childhood game and a lesson learned from his uncle. The memory provides respite from the profound grief of the uncle’s passing and allows him time to reconcile his feelings of loss and say farewell.
Aphrodite's Farm 2008 NZ - 15 mins - Director: Adam Strange
Everyone in Taranaki wants to know the secret behind the magical milk produced on Aphrodite’s Farm. The family secret has remained safe for four generations. However when patriarch Ralph Riley dies, the future of the farm is thrown into jeopardy. The timely arrival of young farm hand Friday will bring the family’s destiny full circle… but things will get a whole lot worse before they get any better.
Graffiti of Mr Tupaia 2007 - 35 mins - Director: Christopher Dudman
When a Cook Island school cleaner answers an unusual graffiti message, his life, and the life of the mysterious author will never be the same again."
Music by: Ariana Tikao Video Directed by: Louise Potiki Bryant
Short film programme curated by Leo Koziol, Festival Director, Wairoa Maori Film Festival email: email@example.com
Tickets are available from iTicket.co.nz. Phone: 09 361 1000.