Editorial: Tāria taku moko māori ki ngā kiriata o te wā, Embed my native soul in film

OM-logo-544pxMāoriland Film Festival is an international festival that celebrates Indigenous voices and storytelling in film. This Easter, Ōtaki will experience the third MFF, which promises to be even better than last year.

Libby Hakaraia and her wonderful team of volunteers deserve plaudits for their vision and unflagging efforts to establish the reputation of Ōtaki with the same mana accorded the Sundance festival in Utah. Every year Park City’s population of about 6,500 swells to 40,000 as filmmakers, the film industry and fans view movies from every corner of the planet at the Sundance festival. After two very successful festivals, our town is poised to become a ‘must visit’ film venue.

Next month, our town will reverberate to a Kite Festival, and then an Indigenous Film Festival. How wonderful!

The Ōtaki Mail is a financially supportive Friend of the Māoriland Film Festival.

We urge you to visit some of the truly unique venues: Raukawa Marae, historic Rangiatea Church, the art deco Civic theatre and the impressive venue of Ngā Purapura. Tickets are so inexpensive, there’s no excuse for failing to immerse yourself in films.

This is an event that we should all be proud of.