February 10, 2020
Trickster Taika opens doors for Maori storytellers
Oscar contender Taika Waititi has been hailed as forging new paths for Maori filmmakers.
His biting World War 2 satire Jojo Rabbit was up for six Academy Awards at today's ceremony in Hollywood.
Media commentator Ella Henry says Waititi is a trickster who has pushed the boundaries for Maori storytelling.
"He's also made it OK for Māori to film non-Māori stories. Thor Ragnarok was a billion-dollar film and Jojo Rabbit has nothing Māori about it at all but underneath all those is that delicious sense of humour we all Māori all share, the empathy for the characters and the story and the narrative, all those I think are intrinsic to Māori storytelling," she says.
Taika has won his 1st Oscar as Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.
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