Tihini Grant/Tristin Greyeyes/Alika Maikau | Short Drama
New Zealand | 2019 | 7 min
International Premiere

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 10:30am
Shorts Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10:15am
Shorts Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

In keeping with her family tradition, a young Māori girl is unduly pressured by her father to receive her moko kauae (chin tattoo). She is the last in her nana's lineage. As she wrestles with her doubt and the weight of her responsibility, she questions the impact of her decision to uphold their family's legacy.

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Alika Maikau is a filmmaker based out of Honolulu, Hawai’i. In 2017 he was
nominated for Best Made In Hawai’i Short at the Hawai’i International
Film Festival for Keep You Float, which led to an invitation to the ‘Ohina
Filmmakers Lab, where his next script earned him a mentorship under
Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther). Joe oversaw the development of what
would become his next short, Mauka To Makai, which premiered at the
end of 2018 and was awarded Best Made In Hawai’i Short at the Hawai’i International Film Festival. Filmmaker Magazine published an article in 2019 entitled Made Visible, where they went on to say about Mauka “Bringing to the screen a world little seen even in Hawaiian films, it wove a universal tale of economic struggle and longtime friendship into a proudly local, indigenous setting.”


Tristin Greyeyes (Cree) recently finished her third year of the Motion Picture Arts degree program at Capilano University. She is the Indigenous Liaison Representative with Capilano Student Union.

Tihini Grant has been in the media industry for over 15 years working
across film, television and radio. The main focus of his work has been
directing for television but the flow on effects have allowed him to try his
hand at various roles, from involvement in the film industry, producing
a radio current affairs show, to writing for and presenting on television.
Tihini has a personal and professional commitment to and a great passion for story telling which is reflected in my work history. This history includes over 30 Maori language documentaries at TVNZ, TV3 magazine show Tu Te Puehu, Miharo and Te Pataka Korero for Maori Television, and films, Elevation (director) and Maria (assistant camera).