February 08, 2016
Film festival to acknowledge Raukawa filmmaker
The contribution of Raukawa filmmaker Larry Parr to Maori and New Zealand screen history is to be acknowledged at next month’s Maoriland Film Festival in Otaki.
Festival director Libby Hakaraia says Mr Parr, who currently works for Maori broadcast funding agency Te Mangai Paho, is a long time mover and shaker in film and television whose whose career has ridden the booms and busts of the business.
The five-day festival opens on March 23 with Ms Hakaraia’s own documentary Hautoa Mai! The Rise of Maori Cinema, which tried to place recent major films like The Dark Horse, Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, and The Dead Lands in a wider historical context and tries to answer the question of what is or is not a Maori movie.
Other Maori films to be shown include Lee Tamahori’s new film Mahana, based on Witi Ihimaera’s novel Bulibasha about rivalry between East Coast shearing families, and Tammy Davis’s high energy Born To Dance with Stan Walker and Tia Maipi.
There are also films from Burma, Iran, the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Scandinavia and Europe.
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