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Te Kaitiaki (The Guardian)

Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota, Navajo), Isaac Te Reina (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti), Asia Youngman (Cree, Iroquois, Carrier, Métis)
Aotearoa New Zealand | 2018 | 12 min | English | Short Drama | Canadian Premiere 

Fri Oct 19 11:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Part of the
Witching Hour

Huna, an uptight businessman, is stranded in rural New Zealand after experiencing car trouble. As he searches for help to get back to the city, he meets Ben, a young environmentalist with an unusual proposal to help him. Huna agrees because there is no other option, setting off on a challenging journey with Ben. 

Razelle Benally is an independent filmmaker dedicated to creating stories with strong Indigenous female leads whose film work has shown across the United States and internationally.

Isaac Te Reina is a filmmaker, a professionally trained actor, and recently won the 2018 Creative New Zealand Nga Manu Pirere award for best emerging Maori artist.

Asia Youngman is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver. Her first short film “Lelum’” won Best Documentary Short at imagineNATIVE 2017. Asia also works as a visual effects artist and has worked on titles such as Deadpool 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp.