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Taonga

Lanita Ririnui (Māori/Cook Island), Shaandiin Tome (Diné), Trevor Solway (Siksika) | Aotearoa New Zealand| 2018 | 7 min | English/Te Reo Māori with English Subtitles | Short Drama | International Premiere

Thu Oct 18 7:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Part of
Cause + Affect

As a young girl prepares for her big Poi performance, she must make a difficult decision about going to the show or staying with her ailing mother. Taonga was created as part of the third Native Slam, bringing international Indigenous directors together in a 72-hour film challenge.


Lanita Ririnui is an independent producer, director, writer, and presenter who is inspired by stories of identity and cultural connection.

Shaandiin Tome is a 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship alumna aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.

Trevor Solway is a Blackfoot filmmaker and journalist. He is eager to find and make connections between traditional oral storytelling and new age digital media.