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KĀINGA

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.
-Tom Brislin

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Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Michelle Ang, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, HASH, Nahyeon Lee, Angeline Loo, Asuka Sylvie, Yamin Tun, Julie Zhu.
PRODUCER(S)Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton, Shuchi Kothari
SCREENWRITER(S)Shreya Gejji, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen, HASH, Nahyeon Lee, Angeline Loo, Mia Maramara, Asuka Sylvie.
CASTMya Williamson, Rena Owen, Vicki Lu, Izumi Sugihara, Patricia Senocbit, Eliana Hwang, Sneha Shetty, Masoumeh Hesam Mahmoudinezhad, Dharshi Ponnampalam, Katlyn Wong
CINEMATOGRAPHERDrew Sturge

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 85 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Cantonese, English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Maori, Tagalog, Marathi
SUBTITLES: English

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