Indigenous Film Festival In Taranaki For First Time Over Waitangi Weekend

by Scoop — Jan 19 2024

This showcase will exhibit an impressive array of documentaries, short films, and moving image artworks crafted by Māori filmmakers. The program has been meticulously curated by Wairoa Māori Film Festival Director Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) to complement the Gallery’s highly acclaimed exhibition, Te Hau Whakatonu – A Series of Never-Ending Beginnings, which concludes on February 11.

“Kiriata Māori 2024 [Kiriata means ‘film’ or ‘cinema’] is a special programme for the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, as the full festival was unable to go ahead last year because of the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle on the East Coast. Many of the planned films will now be able to screen at the KIRIATA MĀORI Showcase,” Leo says.

“The showcase comprises two feature documentaries and 35 short films and moving image art works, all directed and/or written by Māori screen artists, to provide a ‘survey’ of the state of Māori cinema today.”


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