KĀINGA concludes the trilogy of anthology films from New Zealand producing duo Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton (WARU, VAI) under the production support of NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission. Eight stories by eight Asian female filmmakers explore the immigrant experience of eight Asian women in Aotearoa. Writers and directors from Māori-Chinese Aotearoa, China, Philippines, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar and Tamil Eelam, explore the historical connection to tangata whenua, feelings of isolation, community support in lieu of family, home precarity, excitement about making home, longing to be “back home”, being othered at home, and finally claiming home. Each 10-minute story, set in the same house across several decades.
Among the powerful narratives are the story of a Maori-Chinese girl who has to be the literal bridge between two cultures mourning the death of a patriarch; the tale of a grieving Tamil Eelam youth literally digging up memories of her departed sister; the journey of a nurse holding together a household of Filipina migrant workers sending support home, while feeling her own connections slipping away; and the story of a young Chinese mother at wits end who finds that accepting new friends leads to accepting a new home.