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He Piki Kōtuku - Beyond the Dusky Maiden Short Film Selection 3

On A Bull

These short films, many award-winning, all share a focus on wāhine and have Māori and/or Polynesian creative input in key roles. Many of the directors are themselves wāhine. These films were selected by Turnbull Gallery curators Catherine Bisley and Ariana Tikao to support the current exhibition, Wāhine: Beyond the Dusky Maiden, at the gallery which Ngā Taonga is proud to support. The films in Selection Three are listed below:

He Piki Kōtuku

Snow in Paradise (2011)
10’:00”  Rating G
Directed by Nikki Si’ulepa and Justine Simei-Barton
In the 1970’s the world’s biggest threat entered the world’s smallest village and the Pacific was never the same again.

Butterfly  (2013)
15’:53” PG
Directed by Renae Maihi
Just like a butterfly, hope can be reborn.

Ahi Kā
15’:22” G
Producer Jillian White
Left alone with just her spiritual guides, a young girl upholds the prestige of the tribe in order to protect the land for generations to come. Due to her brave deeds she is immortalised.

A Māori dragon story (1995)
16’:10” exempt
Directed by Lisa Reihana
Waitaha lore from Ohikuparuparu (Sumner) in the South Island. Adapted from ‘A Taniwha Tradition’, as told by Teone Taare Tikao.

Ma (2013)
15’:38” PG - low level violence and offensive lang
Directed by Nikki Si’ulepa
Ma is a story about a Samoan grandmother trying to survive her worst fear – being alone.

Night Shift (2012)
13.59 PG
Dir. Zia Mandviwalla
Salote, an airport cleaner starts another long night shift. She keeps her head down, does her job and gleans her survival from what others leave behind. No one would usually spare her a second glance.

Tits on a Bull (2015)
15’:53” M Offensive language & sexual references.
Directed by Tim Worrall
The star player of a Māori women’s rugby team must choose between loyalty to her coach and love for her teammate.