May 08, 2017
Passionate Asher wins WIFT award
Nga Aho Whakaari chair Christina Asher is the winner of this years Woman In Film And Television Mana Wahine award, to be presented during next months’ Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
WIFT describes her as one of the most committed and passionate advocates for the Maori and wider New Zealand screen industry.
Ms Asher started in television as a dancer before going on to work as an actor, choreographer, producer and director of short films and documentaries, and casting agent, most recently for the worldwide box office hit Moana.
She was part of Te Manu Aute, the Maori film-makers collective that preceded Nga Aho Whakaari in the 1980s.
The Wairoa Festival over Queen's Birthday weekend has 26 screenings with 70 Maori, Pasifika and North American native short films and seven feature dramas and documentaries.
Keynote speaker at the awards night at Wairoa’s Gaiety Theatre on June 3 will be Tame Iti, the subject of the documentary Price of Peace, which has been making waves around the world
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