Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika 2015

Posted Tuesday 23 Jun 2015

We are delighted to announced that 3 WIFT members: Nikki Si'ulepa, Ngaire Fuata and Lara Northcroft have films in

Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika Shorts Programme for 2015.

Now in its fourth year in the NZIFF programme, The Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika Shorts Programme features short films from New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa and Tuvalu. Curated by Leo Koziol (Ng?ti Kahungunu, Ng?ti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa M?ori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival, this year's collection makes a fantastic addition to the 2015 NZIFF programme.

The 2015 Ng? Whanaunga M?ori Pasifika Shorts Are...

NZ 2015 | 3 mins | Director: Mika (Ng?i Tahu, takat?pui)
We open with waiata from M?ori magician Mika, another divination, an expression of the spirit of Taniwha! - LK

NZ 2014 | 16 mins | Director/Screenplay: Nikki Si'ulepa (Samoan) | Producers: Ngaire Fuata (Rotuman), Nikki Si'ulepa
When a grandmother discovers one of her precious toys is missing, she takes matters into her own hands. Ma is a no-nonsense kind of lady who knows exactly what she wants. Never underestimate Ma! - CF


Tuvalu 2015 | 11 mins | Director/Producer/Screenplay: Andrew John Fakaua Ponton (Tuvaluan)
A 13-year-old boy must navigate the expectations of his ultra-conservative community. The first full Tuvalu language short drama shot in Tuvalu, Islet is a comic tale of a boy who gets hold of a naughty magazine that gets a hold on him. - LK


NZ/Samoa 2015 | 15 mins | Director/Screenplay: Giacomo Martelli | Executive Producer: Maea Tamasese (Samoan) | Producers: Steve Finnigan, Grant Baker, Fuimaono Alex Wright (Samoan)
A fisherman finds something disturbing in a forbidden lagoon. Shot fully in Samoan, this native noir tale of Tangaroa intrigue, death and mystery lingers with you long after it ends. - LK

L?hain? Noon

USA 2014 | 14 mins | Director/Screenplay: Christopher Kahunahana (Hawaiian K?naka Maoli) | Producer: Patricia Buskirk
Three short stories are woven together during a yearly tropical solar phenomenon when the sun passes directly overhead and objects cast no shadow. Hawaiians believe that during the sacred time of L?hain? Noon the sun rests on the brain and for one minute your mana magnifies. - CF

Netta Jones

NZ 2015 | 12 mins | Director: Pablo Araus Lobos | Producer/Screenplay: Rachel Morris (Te Aup?uri)
During WWII, as Awanui is on high alert fearing a Japanese invasion, 16-year-old Netta falls for a M?ori soldier stationed there. Rachel Morris' story of her grandmother beautifully depicts the landscape of Far North Awanui where a tale of wartime mixed-race love takes place. - LK

Mrs Mokemoke

NZ 2015 | 9 mins | Director/Screenplay: Li Gent Xin | Producer: Tia Barrett (Ng?ti Maniapoto, Ng?i Tahu)
Mrs Mokemoke loves her husband, but he's more interested in her inheritance.A mind-expanding mashup of Lindauer portraits, silent-era storytelling, film noir and Kubrickian intrigue. - LK


NZ 2015 | 14 mins | Director/Screenplay: Tihini Grant (Te Arawa) | Producer: Lara Northcroft (Te Arawa)
Trapped in an elevator, a white supremacist and a M?ori gang member confront their issues and come out better men, or not. In this dark comedy, a common hate creates an unlikely union. - CF

NZIFF programmes will be available in Auckland from Tuesday 23 June, in Wellington from Friday 26 June, in Dunedin from Tuesday 7 July, and in Christchurch from Tuesday 14 July with other centres to follow.