Pacific Showcase

PASIFIKA FILMMAKING: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE TEAMS BEHIND KĀINGA & MAKAWALU

HIFF and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) are honored to recognize Aotearoa-based producer Kerry Warkia. Originally from Papua New Guinea, she relocated to New Zealand for university and has since forged a vibrant film & tv career producing mainly Pacific Islander content, as well as providing mentorship in her groundbreaking series of films starting with …

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MILLIE LIES LOW

Millie, an architecture student from Wellington, New Zealand, has landed a competitive internship with a prestigious architecture firm in New York City. Her friends, family and professors have proudly bid her farewell as she takes this next step in her career. With her life in Wellington now on hold, all Millie has to do next …

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KAPU SACRED HAWAIIAN BURIALS

Over twenty years ago, a native Hawaiian named Keoni Kealoha Alvarez found his calling when he stumbled upon a secret cave in the woods near his ancestral home of Puna on Hawai‘i Island. Inside this cave were iwi, the sacred bones of Kānaka maoli from generations past. At only eight years old, Keoni could not …

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WHINA

For nearly a century, Dame Whina Cooper’s voice never stopped asserting the rights of her people – land rights, women’s rights, education rights – and striving for unity between Māori and Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans). In 1975, Whina (Rena Owen), frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to unite Māori to fight not …

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WHETŪ MĀRAMA – BRIGHT STAR

Three decades ago, there were no waka hourua (Māori watercraft), no ocean going waka/canoes and no surviving knowledge of celestial navigation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Oral history and carved artifacts were all that remained of the ancestral Pacific voyagers. Sir Hekenukumai ‘Hek’ Puhipi Busby has helmed this renaissance in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He reached out across the …

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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 …

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SWEET AS

With problems on the home front, 16-year-old Murra (Shantae Barnes-Cowan) is on the verge of lashing out. That is, until her policeman uncle averts her self-destructive behavior with a lifeline: a “photo-safari for at-risk kids” in Pilbara Country in Northwest Australia. Joined by three other teens – cantankerous Kylie, highly strung Sean, happy-go-lucky Elvis – …

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PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS

Plays With: RUARANGI, A JOURNEY HOME, IDODO, MANU MASTERS, MOHO, SOLI BULA, SUNNIES, TEHURA, THE MACHINE, THE POLITICS OF TOHEROA SOUP, THE VOYAGER’S LEGACY,

MĀLAMA ‘ĀINA SHORTS PROGRAM

Plays with: FOR HE WHO WEARS THE SEA LIKE A MALO, HEART OF MAUI, KUMU NIU, NĀ KAMA KAI – CHILDREN OF THE OCEAN, OLA KA HONUA

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