Aotearoa Te Ōhākī - Show Me Shorts Film Festival
Discover the rising talents of new and established directors in this collection of short films from Aotearoa New Zealand. The films are loosely themed around the Te Ao Māori concept of Te Ōhākī - meaning cultural and identity reclamation. Find here stories of people from many different cultures who are feeling displaced or disconnected, and seeking their place in the world. Be that place the family home, out on the streets, inside a quarantine facility or astride a stage for drag queens.
Total length: 100 min
Rating: M Violence, domestic violence, offensive language & drug use
The Films are:
What's the Disabili-Tea: Misty Frequency
Documentary, 8 mins, New Zealand
Drag icon Misty Frequency's kaupapa is to celebrate autistic and takatāpui excellence. They are looking to storm the stage at the Drag Wars competition with a cash prize up for grabs.
Dir/Prod: Justin Scott
Prod: Robyn Paterson, Robyn Scott-Vincent
Daughter of God
Drama, 11 mins, New Zealand
When an arranged marriage is sprung upon an Iranian-Kiwi daughter, she must either dishonour family tradition or lose the woman she loves.
Dir/Writ: Maza White
Prod: Jen Huang
Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le
Drama, 15 mins, New Zealand
A young boy is left home alone with his increasingly unwell grandmother and is forced to come to terms with her deterioration.
Dir/Writ/Prod: Julie Zhu
Prod: Jazz dos Santos, Puteri Raja Ariff
Plastic - A love letter to the estranged
Documentary, 14 mins, New Zealand
This short documentary explores the plastic identity crisis faced by the pacific diaspora.
Dir/Writ: Va'a Magalogo
Drama, 13 mins, New Zealand
When a recent widow moves to New Zealand from India, she's forced to confront her grief by completing an ordinary ritual in an extraordinary circumstance: quarantine.
Dir/Writ: Pulkit Arora
Prod: Rachel Fawcett
Buttons and Dumplings
Documentary, 17 mins, New Zealand
The heartwarming migration story of a Chinese family, takeaway food, mahjong and the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Dir: Calvin Sang
Dir/Writ/Prod: Mei Ling Lee
Find Where I Belong
Drama, 14 mins, New Zealand
Life on the streets of Auckland for two homeless men: The older seems used to this and at home here, while the younger, Marquesan, dreams of returning to his island.
Dir/Writ: Kahu Kaiha
Prod: Carrisse Uta'i
True Story, 12 mins, New Zealand
Hine re-accounts the story of her father, Pāpā, and his eagerness to join the army shortly after the end of World War II.
Dir/Writ: Jeremy Leatinu'u