February 16, 2023
Indigenous response to Cook gets cinema run
We Are Still Here, a collaboration by Maori and Australian Indigneous filmmakers, was released in cinemas across the Tasman today.
The file, which brings together eight films by 10 filmmakers, was created as an Indigenous response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s second voyage in 1772.
It premiered last year at the Sydney and Toronto film festivals.
One of the producers, Mia Henry-Teirney, says there was a common theme of survival and resiliance to colonisation.
“Despite all the things we have been through, we continue to survive and in some cases thrive so that’s kind of the common theme, but the eight short films were crafted by each of those filmmakers to tell the story they would like to share with the world and then we interwove them to make it a little bit different,” she says.