The Maoriland film festival attracts more and more people

Maori Film Festival

Moeawa Fransen

Lanita Ririnui | Maoriland Film Festival 2022

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Maori Screen Guild director Ngā Aho Whakaari said the weekend’s Maoriland Film Festival shows there is a growing thirst for Maori stories.

Maori Screen Guild director Ngā Aho Whakaari said the weekend’s Maoriland Film Festival shows there is a growing thirst for Maori stories.

Lanita Ririnui says Māoriland is always special because of the manaakitanga of its hosts and the way the producers, directors and actors interact with the community.

She says crowds were drawn to headliners like The Lion King te Reo, two screenings of Whina and Toby Mills’ documentary about the late Hekenukumai Busby, Whetū Mārama – Bright Star.

“The films were sold not only by the people who attended the festival, but also by the public. There was such massive interest. All of our films have also been released in theaters and the popularity of what we do reminds us how awesome we are. Maori are magical, and all of our stories are magical when they are made by us, with us,” says Ms Ririnui.


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