A chance to see Ma¯ori film maker’s work
More people are to be given the opportunity to see a locally produced film, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen.
Bay of Plenty Film, in conjunction with Suffrage 125 Tauranga, has arranged an additional screening of the film that focuses on Merata Mita, the pioneering Ma¯ori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film.
Born in Maketu¯, Merata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and direct a dramatic feature film, and Heperi’s film screening has been a key event for local Suffrage 125 commemorations.
Her son Heperi Mita, who is originally from the Bay of Plenty, has collaborated with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait. Heperi was also the keynote presenter at Bay of Plenty Film’s inaugural industry forum Te Ata earlier this year.
The film has other Bay of Plenty connections, including producer Chelsea Winstanley, who grew up in Tauranga, executive producer Cliff Curtis, and director of photography Mike Jonathan who are both from Rotorua.
The film originally had two screenings scheduled in Tauranga as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), and when CEO Anton Steel heard that the first session of the film had sold out, he could see that there was demand for the screening locally, and started making arrangements for an additional screening.
■ The additional screening of Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen has been confirmed for September 16 at 3.45pm at Rialto Cinema, Tauranga. Tickets are available now from Rialto Tauranga.
Visit the NZIFF website for more information about the film.
Born in Maketu¯, Merata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and direct a dramatic feature film, and Heperi’s film screening has been a key event for local Suffrage 125 commemorations.’
HEPERI Mita presenting at the Te Ata forum in the wharenui at tamara¯kau¯Marae.O