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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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This performance-based short film could probably be filed under 'Pasifika tribal fusion'. Cinematographer Waka Attewell (Starlight Hotel, Poi-E) captures the talents of percussion group Strike (including then long haired composer Gareth Farr) and dancer/choreographer Mika. Attewell’s camera circles a furnace of Strike drummers, framed by harakeke and toi toi flowers. The title translates as ‘beautiful fire’, and at the core of the elemental imagery — fire, water, rain — is Mika, whose body (dressed by Pacific Sisters) channels Farr’s music.

Key Cast & Crew

Simon Clothier

Editor

Waka Attewell

Director, Cinematographer

Jan Bieringa

Producer