Philadelphia-born, but long calling Aotearoa her home, director Robin Greenberg has become a regular at the NZ International Film Festival thanks to films about Māori artists, the Tibetan Government in exile — and three documentaries inspired by her t’ai chi teacher, Huloo. The last of those, 2015's Return of the Free China Junk, continues the story of an old sailing junk which Huloo and friends sailed to the United States. In 2019 Greenberg followed up her portrait of Māori weaver Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Tu Tangata, with one of Erenora's husband, carver Rangi Hetet. She has also made educational films for the United Nations.
…there’s a close connection that you develop with the people the film’s about, and I don’t feel like an outsider. I feel like if I’m doing my job like I want to, then I’m actually putting myself into the shoes of my characters and enabling them to be filmmakers. Robin Greenberg in an interview for website The Lumière Reader, 17 July 2010