For many indigenous writers and makers working within film, how to approach the camera is a critical, political issue. Many of the issues at stake can be found in the film and writings of pioneering filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, who broke ground in telling indigenous stories on both the small and silver screen.

Working from the shore is a series of panel discussions that consider how the work of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita has informed contemporary understandings and approaches to moving image within the realms of filmmaking, film theory and the visual arts. What we hope will emerge from across these three panels are the commonalities of concerns shared by indigenous filmmakers, artists and theorists — the historical struggles of sovereign representation, the importance of representation, and the ethics of working within communities — as well as some of the diverging ways in which contemporary makers understand the camera today.

Panel discussions: 
Filmmaking: Heperi Mita, Sima Urale, Pita Turei
Film theory: Angela Moewaka Barnes, Ella Henry, Christina Milligan
Visual Arts: Robert George, Nova Paul, Tuafale Tanoa’i, aka Linda T.

Image: Tuafale Tanoa’i, aka Linda T., Memories of Merata Mita (still), 2018, film

Lopdell Theatre | Saturday 22 September, 11am – 4.30pm
$20 per person, $15 concession (price includes catered lunch)

Supported by Creative New Zealand

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