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WE ARE STILL HERE

Conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in this region, WE ARE STILL HERE is a poetic and powerful statement of resistance and survival. Through eight heroic protagonists, the film traverses 1000 years exploring stories of kinship, loss, grief and resilience.

It begins with a stunning animation set in ancient times, when a mother and daughter out fishing have a disturbing vision of the future. Then we are taken to 1862 where, in both Australia and New Zealand, Indigenous people confront the prospect of a terrifying future. In 1915, a Samoan soldier finds himself in a perilous situation, but also encounters an unexpected act of kindness. Alongside stories set in the past, there are also contemporary stories of activism, of confronting racism, of romance and of ancestral love. And finally, a vision of a dystopian future.

Bringing together a range of genres – animation, sci-fi, romantic comedy, period drama – WE ARE STILL HERE is cumulatively a strident story of endurance in the face of colonialism, racism and attempted erasure. It is also evidence of thrilling new First Nations cinematic talent from our region.
-Anderson Le

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Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne
PRODUCER(S)Mia Henry-Teirney, Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers
SCREENWRITER(S)Samuel Nuggin Paynter, Tiraroa Reweti, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis
CASTClarence Ryan, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Villa Lemanu, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, Leonie Whyman, Calvin Tuteao, Evander Brown, Sean Mununggurr, Willow Rupapera, Baz Te Hira, Deborah Brown, Serene Dubs Yunupingu, Elijah Jade Bowen, Oriini Kaipara, Robert Taylor
CINEMATOGRAPHEREric Murray Lui, Raymond Edwards

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE
YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 90 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English, Maori, Samoan, Turkish
SUBTITLES: English

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