Jun 2, 16: Movie- MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Dominion 4/5 Stars “A fitting tribute to a revolutionary New Zealand film-maker”

NZIFF Official Selection

RAGLAN MOVIES at the OLD SCHOOL, 5 Stewart Street, Raglan

MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen 95 mins Doc. exempt

Sunday 2nd June 4.30pm
Sunday 16th June 7.00pm

Book online:, call into the Old School office Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm.

Door sales from 30 mins before session times.

Licensed bar & homemade snacks on sale at all screenings.

Adults $15, Concession $12, RCAC Members $12, Children $8.
The reduced concession rate is for $12 concession (student, seniors or CS cards).

This film is an intimate story of the birth of indigenous cinema told from the perspective of Merata’s son Hepi Mita. The sudden death of pioneering Māori filmmaker Merata Mita in 2010 led her son on a journey to uncover a story of a mother’s love that changed the landscape of indigenous participation in film forever. As a film archivist Hepi uncovers never before seen footage and shares deep personal accounts of her life that led her to blaze the trail for many indigenous voices we celebrate today; Warwick Thornton, Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo and Zoe Hopkins to name a few.

Never before seen footage from Merata Mita

This film is an important historical account of a movement we owe our indigenous voice to. Merata was the first Māori woman to write and direct a narrative feature in 1988 titled MAURI. Merata’s political films highlighted the injustices for Māori people during the 1980’s and often divided the country.

She became an international hero with her work but considered a domestic nuisance. Merata worked across the globe and for various respected organisations including the BBC and National Geographic. She directed on Hollywood sets, interviewed Robert Mugabe and followed Louis Farakhan, there was nothing she was afraid of especially if it meant a voice for the voiceless. She was fearless. But the suffering of her family during these times was all too real. Her drive for social justice would have to be weighed against the dangers her work would expose them to. Merata Mita is the grandmother of Indigenous Cinema. This film is a dedication to her life’s work towards that goal.

Directed by Heperi Mita (feature debut)

Starring Merata Mita, Rafer Rautjoki, Richard Rautjoki, Rhys Rautjoki, Awatea Mita

Documentary, Festival & Independent | 95 mins Exempt | English and Māori with English subtitles | New Zealand

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