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Press release – New Zealand International Film Festival
Six short films from Aotearoa and the Pacific were selected by curators Leo Koziol (Ngti Kahungunu, Ngti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Mori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival and…
Six short films from Aotearoa and the Pacific have been selected by curators Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival and will be screened during the NZIFF at all festival venues.
The short films selected this year are: A morning with Aroha (dir: Nicholas Riini), burning of the gods (dir: Karin Williams), Perfect storm (dir: Morag Brownlie), Raids (dir: Jade Jackson), Smog (dir: Alex Liu), and The difference between Pipi and Pūpū (dir: Tajim Mohammed-Kapa).
Curator Leo Koziol says, “Each year, the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Short Film Collection showcases both emerging talent and those at the top of their game working on a first feature film. This year is no exception, with filmmakers of New Zealand Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Islands descent. We’re thrilled to present this year’s collection, which is diverse in genres – drama, thriller, sci-fi, experimental – and diverse in viewpoints. Mauri Ora!
All finalists will be eligible for the Wellington City UNESCO Film Award for Best Film ($3,000 cash prize), judged by a jury. This prize will be awarded at the final screening in Wellington of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts on Saturday August 13 at the Roxy Cinema. Viewers of Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Whanganui-a-Tara screenings will vote for their favorite short film to win the Letterboxd Audience Awarda cash prize of $1,000, and this will be announced at the closing party of NZIFF in Wellington.
The curator’s comments on each film appear in italics and the films are listed in the order in which they will be screened.
Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2022 finalists:
Director & Producer: Morag Brownlie, Producer: Pita Turei
Walking into the unknown during the perfect storm of the Covid-19 pandemic, the beauty of nature and the connectedness of humanity endure.
“A landscape lullaby evokes the union between people, earth, sea and sky.” — CF
Director & Screenplay: Alex Liu
Producer: Ben van de Laar
In a world covered in thick, deadly smog, a woman tries to put her abusive relationship behind her.
“The environment and the executioner imprison, escape is the greater of the two evils.” — CF
Director & Producer: Jade Jackson
Based on the treatment of Pacific Island families during New Zealand’s Dawn Raids in the 1970s, this short film is an intimate look at a police raid, told through the eyes of a young Losa girl. and his father Lupematasila.
“We remember the days, the raids of the 1970s, hoping they won’t come back.” — CF
burning of the gods
Director: Karin Williams
Producer: Sharlene George
With his island threatened by industrial tourism and environmental degradation, a boy travels back in time to reconnect with his ancestors.
“A return to the gods of old, of enigmatic beauty and honest perspective.” — CF
A morning with Aroha
Director, Screenplay & Producer: Nicholas Riini
Additional Producer: Diana Baynton
A bullied young girl finds her creative outlet and, with a little magic, brings her imaginary world to life.
“A delight from start to finish, the world of Aroha blossoms for all to see.” —LK
The difference between Pipi and Pūpū
Director: Tajim Mohammed-Kapa
Producer: Angela Cudd
Called to his father’s deathbed, an estranged son must find the courage to resolve the conflict between himself and his father before it’s too late.
“Sometimes farewell means forgiveness, but the journey is arduous.” —LK
For more information about this year Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts selection, click here.
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