Becs Arahanga | Short Drama
Māori | New Zealand | 2019 | 17 min
North American Premiere

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

Hinekura, a young Māori girl, embarks on the right of passage ceremony in her community that changes her relationship forever. Hinekura returns to her friend Tama during the ceremony hoping to continue their childhood games. Tama sends her back. She's met on the pathway by her mentor Te Haeata, who trains her in combat. An unhinged warrior, Wairangi, attempts to abduct Hinekura's sister and she forced to fight him and in doing so accepts her role as a protector of her people.


Becs Arahanga is a 12-year veteran of the film industry and accomplished short film director having won many awards in her native New Zealand. Her incredible passion for telling heartfelt and real NZ stories and is of Kai Tahu/ Ngati Raukawa descent. She is currently a Producer on the web series Colonial Combat.