Oriwa Hakaraia/Te Mahara Tamahana | Short Drama
New Zealand| 2019 | 10 min
World Premiere

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

A small boy comes home to find his grandmother has gone and he has to fend for himself.


Oriwa’s film journey began at a young age. In 2015, a documentary titled
Koro Puppeteer was celebrated as the primary/intermediate winner at the
Outlook For Someday Awards. As a rangatahi film leader Oriwa has shared her
filmmaking skills with other youth in Tahiti (2017) and Rarotonga (2018). Her aim
is to premiere a film at Sundance Film Festival.


Te Mahara is a 16 year old, year 12 student from Taipa in the far North. of New Zealand. He is a passionate storyteller dedicated to stories from his own community in the far North. In 2017 during a M?oriland Rangatahi filmmaking workshop he wrote, shot and directed, Confliction, a short film exploring the thoughts that may drive someone to suicide - an issue affecting many in his community. Later that year Te Mahara was selected to lead filmmaking workshops for youth in Hawai’i (2017) and again in Rarotonga (2018) as a rangatahi film leader.