The Messiah
The Messiah
Ka Piko
Ka Piko
My Brother Mitchell
My Brother Mitchell

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2018 

Aotearoa

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

Aug 10

Reading Cinema 5

Aug 11

Reading Cinema

91 minutes
R16
violence, domestic violence & offensive language

“This year's diverse collection takes us from a historic marae in Nuhaka to a sacred mauna in Hawai'i to a messianic sanctuary in South Auckland. Ngā Whanaunga once again is an expression of the connectedness of Polynesian peoples – connections of bloodlines, spirit paths, passion and determination on screen." — Leo Koziol and Craig Fasi.

Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics.

Native in Nuhaka 2017

Director

Producers

Hiona Henare
,
Louisa Tipene Opetaia
15 minutes

A short doco exploring the Māori passion for cinema against the backdrop of the annual Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Beautiful and undeniably real, Native in Nuhaka encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice. — CF

Ka Piko 2017

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Grace Lim
USA
8 minutes

A young native Hawaiian man must undergo an unfamiliar tradition following a tragic death. A beautiful story of love, ownership and acceptance. — CF

My Brother Mitchell 2017

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Mia Mārama Henry-Tierney
15 minutes

A Māori boy comes to terms with the death of his brother. A matter of the heart must be resolved between two young brothers. — LK

Moon Melon 2017

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Unitec Institute of Technology Screen Arts Programme
9 minutes

A night out with a group of young Pasifika women. Much more than a slice of life portrait, Moon Melon portrays Poly women breaking boundaries of culture and stereotype on the street. — LK

Shadow Cut 2017

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Johnny Lyon
14 minutes

A young man has decided to leave his small town, but struggles to tell the one friend he should. Drawn to a world beyond restrictive walls of rural NZ, a young couple finds truth. — CF

Mouse 2018

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Alyx Duncan
,
Lani-rain Feltham
,
Emma Mortimer
15 minutes

A strained relationship is tested by the encroachment of a chaotic natural world. When love has left the room, the rodents return to breed resentment. — LK

The Messiah 2017

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Sandra Kailahi
15 minutes

A young runaway finds refuge with a self-proclaimed teenaged Messiah. A sublime, dreamy and surreal Polynesian parable. — LK