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).