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Māori Short Films – English and Te Reo


Mon 10 Sep 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Tue 11 Sep 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Wed 12 Sep 2018, 4:00pm–5:00pm
Thu 13 Sep 2018, 11:00am–12:00pm
Fri 14 Sep 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018, 11:00am–12:00pm

Where: Basement Cinema, 1140 Hinemoa St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Rotorua Events

The New Zealand Film Commission, The Basement Cinema and Rotorua Lakes Council are pleased to bring you a range of short films celebrating Te Wiki o te reo Māori Language Week (10 – 16 September 2018).

This selection includes four short New Zealand films (1 hour duration) that will play on:
Monday 10 September, 1pm
Tuesday 11 September, 6pm
Wednesday 12 September, 4pm
Thursday 13 September, 11am
Friday 14 September, 6pm
Saturday 15 September, 4pm
Sunday 16 September, 11am

Tama Tu (2004 PG – Te Reo/English)
Six Māori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of an Italian home. Forced into silence they keep themselves amused as any boys would, with jokes and laughter. As they try to ignore the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of the dying.
Screenplay and Director: Taika Waititi.

Possum (2016 – English)
Set in New Zealand in the 1970s, Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named Scar.
Director: Dave Whitehead, staring Taungaroa Emile and Maaka Pohatu.

Pūmanawa/The Gift (2013 - English/Te Reo)
A mother shares her tragic past to stop her daughter repeating the same mistake. Learning that her daughter is serious about a Christian boyfriend, the mother fears it will threaten a spiritual gift both women have inherited. She takes her daughter back to her own tragic past to show how loneliness, hope and faith can turn love into turmoil.
Director: Poata Eruera, staring Ngahuia Piripi.

Two Cars One Night (2004 - English)
Youngsters Romeo, Ed and Polly wait in two cars outside the Te Kaha pub, while their parents are inside drinking. Soon cross-car rivalry warms to budding friendship.
Screenplay and Director: Taika Waititi. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film 2005.

Tickets for the sessions are at a special rate of $5 per person and we suggest booking in advance by ringing The Basement Cinema (07) 350 1400.

With special thanks to The Basement Cinema and New Zealand Film Commission.

To find out about the range of events happening in Rotorua celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Maori Language Week please visit or check out the latest Spring 2018 Rotorua Events Calendar.

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