A Sister in Spirit: Two Films of Merata Mita

Presented by Jason Ryle

Sun, Apr 3, 2022
5 pm

In English

FFP2 masks are required for this event. More information

Protestor tosses leaves at police officers’ feet near Lancaster Park in Christchurch on 15 August 1981. Frame enlargement from "PATU!" , Courtesy of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and the Mita whanau

Merata Mita (1942–2010) was a trailblazer of Māori film in Aotearoa New Zealand and a leader of international Indigenous cinema. She was also a dear friend and close confidante of Alanis Obomsawin. The evening showcases two of Mita’s films. The landmark Patu!, documents the South African rugby team’s controversial 1981 tour and the ensuing clashes between anti-apartheid protesters and the New Zealand police. Hotere portrays the life and art of Ralph Hotere, one of Aotearoa’s most significant artists.

5 pm
1983, 112 Min.

7.30 pm
2001, 82 Min.
Followed by Q&A

With Jason Ryle