Monday, 6 July 2009

Matariki Māori Short Film Festival - Papakura

Matariki Māori Short Film Festiva
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.

The Programme
Matariki Events/ NZ Live reports, the featured films include:

"Tangaroa God of the Sea 2008 NZ - 5 mins - Director: Carey Carter
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:

Tickets are available from Phone: 09 361 1000.


Anonymous said...

Kia ora

We often attend shows with the whanau and have attended a couple of indigineous film festivals as well. They were amazing!!!

Look some of the work that we saw that night we loved and we certainly enjoyed Patu Ihu and Journey to Ihipa. Great!!! (for the adults)

Perhaps the name of Matariki was not quite appropriate as we perceived that many of the short films would be such that our children would enjoy the short films and they would support stuff they have been learning at kura around Matariki or it was archival footage - or the films would have new beginnings as a theme

Our girl was really scared most of the way through - 7 years old and the teenagers came away saying that alot of it was about tangi.

However we would pay again to see a range of short films, probably not a feature. We would bring the whole family again only if the content was more carefully selected for a whanau wide audience and the description of the series of short films was more accurate

Anyway, kia kaha tonu

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