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The Grave Digger of Kapu

Libby Hakaraia (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti)
New Zealand | 2018 | 16 min | English | Short Drama | World Premiere

 Thu Oct 18 3:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Part of Tectonic Shift

The last gravedigger in a Māori community struggles to find a younger man to whom he can pass on his skills and knowledge. When he meets a seemingly ideal candidate, the younger man must rise not only to the physical but also spiritual and emotional challenges and responsibilities of becoming a gravedigger.


Libby Hakaraia has worked in broadcasting, television and film for the past 25 years as a producer and director and is also the Executive Director of the Māoriland Hub, a multi-purpose Indigenous cinema and performing arts venue in Otaki, New Zealand.