The Native Slam

Kath Akuhata Brown | Sonia Boileau | Himiona Grace | Zoe Leigh Hopkins | Mike Jonathan | Echota Killsnight | Blackhorse Lowe | Trevor Mack | Sunna Nousuniemi | Sara Margrethe Oskal | Cornel Ozies | Tainui Stephens | Rima Tamou | Jeremiah Tauamiti | Chelsea Winstanley 

Friday 21 October 2016 | 4:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
New Zealand | Canada | United States |  Australia
International Premiere

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Co-presented by NIMAC

In March 2016, this extraordinary project – envisioned and created by Libby Hakaraia, director of the Māoriland Film Festival, and Australian producer Pauline Clague – paired together 15 international Indigenous filmmakers, challenging each to create five short films in 72 hours on a budget of $800 a piece. Applying 10 rules to the challenge, artists were asked to focus on ideas that heal and to include one of the three spoken and untranslated Indigenous languages represented by the filmmakers. The Native Slam culminates into a powerful collection of works that transcends borders, creating a strong synergetic voice in filmmaking and story creation. 


Directors: Kath Akuhata-Brown (Ngati Porou), Sara Margrethe Oskal (Sámi), Echota Kilsnight (Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee Keetowah)
A visual and melodic poem whose text and diverse languages cross borders to create unified pathways of discovery about the world and ourselves.
Directors: Himiona Grace (Paekakariki), Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), Sunna Nousuniemi (Sámi)
This haunting film tells the story of a man who must face a harsh reality in his attempt to fix an estranged relationship between him and his 16-year-old daughter.
Directors: Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa), Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk), Rima Tamou (Bulgunnwarra/Nga Ruahine Rangi)
Life continues on, even when the ones we love are lost, in this poetically sublime cry for the ones we miss.
Directors: Mike Jonathan (Te Arawa/Waikato/Mataatua), Sonia Boileau (Mohawk), Jeremiah Tauamiti (Samoan)
In this emotionally touching film, a mother gives birth, but when complications arise she must remember her strong connection to land, water and spirit.

Directors: Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui), Cornel Ozzies (Yawuru, Goonyland),
Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot’in)
“Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.” A friendship is altered forever when the courage of one is not reciprocated by the other.