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Ahi Ataahua Short Film (Full Length) – 1998 Music Dance Māori

Ahi Ataahua

Short Film (Full Length) – 1998 Music Dance Māori

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If ever a Kiwi screen product merited the moniker 'Pasifika tribal fusion', it is this 1998 performance-based short. In Ahi Ataahua veteran cinematographer Warrick ‘Waka’ Attewell (Starlight Hotel, Poi-E) directs the talents of composer Gareth Farr, choreographer Mika and percussion group Strike. The title translates as ‘beautiful fire’, and Attewell’s camera circles a furnace of Strike drummers framed by harakeke and toi toi flowers. At the core of the elemental — fire, water — set is performer Mika, whose body (dressed by Pacific Sisters) channels Farr’s score.

Key Cast & Crew

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Waka Attewell

Director, Cinematographer

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Jan Bieringa

Producer

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Mika

Choreographer, Performer