August 31, 2022
Film disrupts language barrier
The writer of the award-winning short film Disrupt says a lack of subtitles doesn’t diminish its impact on audiences.
The film about the effect of methamphetamine on a whānau is in English and Māori.
It has been shown in festivals in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Toronto and London, and this week won Best International Short Film at the Puerto Rico Film Festival.
Aroha Awarau says the producers made a deliberate choice not to subtitle the 13-minute film.
“The judges in their feedback said it was a simple story but very complex and all the elements like the music, like the script, like the acting, like the cinematography, was pulled together to tell this simple but complex story and it just goes to show the language of film is a universal language,” he says.
Disrupt was directed by Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand and produced by Peata Melbourne.