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Merata: How mum decolonized the screen

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An intimate story of the birth of indigenous cinema in New Zealand told from the perspective of Merata’s son Hepi Mita.The sudden death of pioneering Māori filmmaker Merata Mita in 2010 led her son on a journey to uncover a story of a mother’s love that changed the landscape of indigenous participation in film forever.
As a film archivist Hepi uncovers never before seen footage and shares deep personal accounts of her life that led her to blaze the trail for many indigenous voices we celebrate today; Warick Thorn- don, Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo and Zoe Hopkins to name a few.
This film is an important historical account of a movement we owe our indigenous voice to.

Running Time: 88 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Cinema
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Chelsea Winstanley, Ava DuVernay
Cinematographer: Mike Jonathon
Editor(s): Te Rurehe Paki
Production Company: Ārama Pictures & Array

Festival Participation

  • New-Zealand International Film Festival - 2018
  • Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival - 2018
  • Sundance Film Festival - 2019
  • Berlin International Film Festival - 2019
    (NATIVe Programme)
  • Hawaii International Film Festival - 2019
    Spring Showcase

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