This episode of Koha is an examination of the Māori feature film industry, from the pioneers of the silent era up to Merata Mita's 1988 movie Mauri. Reflections on global screenings of groundbreaking feature Ngāti frame interviews with Mita, Ngāti director Barry Barclay and actors Witarina Harris, Ramai Hayward and Wi Kuki Kaa. Barclay talks of the importance of Māori telling Māori stories. "We’ve seen heaps of pictures of cowboys and Indians eh, but they’re always made by the cowboys." Included is footage from Mauri, The Devil’s Pit, Rewi's Last Stand, Ngāti and TV series The Governor.
One of the tragedies is to try and get our own people to actually be strong enough to say "yep, we’ve got something to offer".– Barry Barclay discusses the need for confidence among Māori filmmakers
Thanks to: Hayward Trust, Craig Walters - Pacific Films, New Zealand Film Commission and New Zealand Film Archive.