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Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen Film (Trailer) – 2018 Documentary Māori

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Film (Trailer) – 2018 Documentary Māori

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Merata Mita argued forcefully that the voices of Māori and of women were sorely lacking on-screen. Best known for her Springbok tour documentary Patu!, the straight-talking director and actor later set up an indigenous filmmaking programme in Hawai'i, and spoke about indigenous film around the globe. After Mita passed away in 2010, her youngest son Hepi began making a film about her — discovering new sides to his mother as he trawled through footage, and interviewed his older siblings. The feature-length documentary debuted at the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.

I don't think they could live with a dull mother now. They expect the level of political and intellectual stimulation they get around here.
– Merata Mita on her older sons, in The Auckland Star, 23 June 1987, page B1

Produced by

Ārama Pictures

Source

Ārama Pictures

Availability

Released in New Zealand cinemas on 12 May 2019

World premiere on 2 August 2018 at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival