Raymond Edwards/Alexandra Lazarowich/Lada Suomenrinne
Experimental Short
Māori | New Zealand | 2019 |5 min
International Premiere

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 12:30pm
Shorts Program: Activation
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

In the land of the long white cloud, the Kauri trees are infected with the Kauri dieback disease since 2009. Humans are the main reason for spreading the disease. Kauri trees are crying the red tears. The amount of lost, is it a lesson of empathy? Aotearoa is now under the grief, but is there any solution to remember the empathy. Listen to our forests, oceans and our lands. Find your empathy towards nature. Hear the ancestors.

Alex Lazarowich credit Sam Richardson.JPG

Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree Producer, Director and Screenwriter whose work has premiered at film festivals around the world. She is passionate about telling indigenous stories. Her most recent documentary FAST HORSE recently premiered and won the Special Jury Award for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Her latest short film LAKE will be premiering at the 2019 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, as part of the 5 Minute Feminist Film Program. Alexandra’s body of work includes Indian Rights for Indian Women, Out of Nothing, Cree Code Talker, Crooked Creek, Empty Metal, INAATE/SE/ and Alvaro.


Raymond is of Te whakatohea and Ngati Raukawa descent and is highly
motivated to create more indigenous stories, honouring his heritage
and whanau. Raymond’s experience includes as cinematographer on the short film
Falling Up, Winner of the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best
New Zealand Short Film at NZIFF 2018, as well as winning a silver NZ Cinematography Society award later that year. Most recently Raymond was part of the Māoriland Film Festival Native Slam where he was also invited to flex his film-making muscles. Raymond has a strong grounding in the technical aspects of short
film which has seen his skills recognized within the industry. He has begun pre-production on Cousins, the adaptation of Patricia Graces book which is to be directed by Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace Smith, shooting this coming August. This will be Raymond’s first feature film credit as cinematographer.


Lada Suomenrinne is a northern Sámi filmmaker who is currently living in Berlin to do her BA in photography studies.