New Zealand | 2020 | 8 min. | Cian Elyse White (Ngāti Awa/Ngāti Poro), Joshua Manyheads (Siksika)

April 8 - 18, 2021

Huia dreams to be a principle ballerina for the country’s top academy. During her audition, an unexpected visitor shows up during her final bid to impress. Only this time, her ancestors are the audience.

  • Original Language Title: PIIKSI _Huia
  • Director: Cian Elyse White (Ngāti Awa/Ngāti Poro), Joshua Manyheads (Siksika)
  • Principal Cast: Sophie Williams
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 8 min.
  • Producer: Libby Hakaraia, Pauline Clague
  • Screenplay: Cian Elyse White
  • Cinematographers: Raymond Edwards
  • Editors: Kereti Rautangata
  • Music: Ramblers Drum Group
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English, Māori
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Maoriland Charitable Trust

This film is playing as a part of Waikiki

In this honest portrayal of the gritty side of paradise, Kanaka Maoli filmmaker Christopher Kahunahana depicts the story of Kea, a part-time Hawaiian teacher, hula dancer, and nightclub hostess, who crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man in the dead of night. Kea is quickly triggered to face her own past traumas and a new perspective.

Screening features a prerecorded Q&A with Christopher Kahunahana (director).

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