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Awa

Morningstar Derosier/Tyson Mowarin/Jason Taylor| Short Drama
New Zealand | 2019 | 8 min
International Premiere

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 1:15pm
Short Program: Precipice
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Awa must choose between school and tradition in a beautiful tale that shows the power of one's connection with the natural environment and the love she has for her Grandmother. On this day, Awa ventures into the bush to collect rongoa (medicine) to heal her ailing Nan.

A musician, journalist, digital storyteller and proud Ngarluma man from the Pilbara, Tyson Mowarin looks for unique ways to share stories of Aboriginal people, their culture and history to a worldwide audience. Tyson’s short films and documentaries have screened around the country, and have won multiple awards. After establishing his own digital media company in 2007, Weerianna Street Media, Tyson began creating content for television, sharing community stories, history and cultural knowledge improve awareness of Aboriginal traditions and custodial ownership. Fusing age-old culture with modern technology, in 2015 Tyson launched the first Welcome to Country app on iTunes, a living archive of Indigenous knowledge, protocols and languages. He’s also developed a card game, ‘Who Your Mob?’, which encourages players to explore language and culture within Indigenous groups local to his Roebourne community in Western Australia. Tyson’s work promotes reconciliation, instills pride in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and celebrates the world’s oldest surviving culture.

 
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Morningstar Derosier is an Indigenous filmmaker who grew up in Northwestern Ontario. She attended the Ontario School of Art and Design to study Indigenous Visual Culture before getting her Advanced Diploma in Digital Cinematography at Canadore College. Her love for photography and filmmaking has taught her the importance of hard work and human connection. So far, Morningstar has directed five short films, three short documentaries and has had her films screened at international film festivals. Her goal is to keep making films with emphasis on environmentalism and human rights.

 
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Jason is a Writer/Director from Aotearoa New Zealand with Ng?ti Maniapoto and Tainui tribal affiliations. In recent years he has moved away from working as an educator to pursue a career as a filmmaker. However, it was during the years he spent in the classroom that he found his voice as a writer and director. His work aspires to remind M?ori of the greatness they descend from. These are stories that reclaim the past to inform the future. Stories that uphold the traditional beliefs of M?ori people, while allowing audiences to reconnect. Furthermore, the world of these films are fundamental to the revitalization of M?ori culture. Jason is a graduate of UNITEC’s Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts program and he has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Victoria University of Wellington.