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Film Festival 09 - Tangata Whenua 3

Tangata Whenua 3

New Zealand 1974, 87m
Director: Barry Barclay

Turangawaewae - A Place to Stand. Young Maori from Nga Tama Toa travel to Tokomaru Bay to help paint and care for the Tokomaru Meeting House, built during 1928-1934. For some Tama Toa members, this is their first marae experience. The documentary moves to Porirua, where a new marae is being established. Prior to its establishment, local Maori recall the past reality of life in rural communities such as Tokomaru Bay and Waima Valley and the concept of marae, as traditionally understood, is set against the terms of the new and emergent urban present. As diverse Päkeha and Pacific Island community networks attempt to form links with the marae, real questions are raised about the nature of identity and the possibility of a 'multicultural' future.

The Carving Cries. In a Tokomaru Bay meeting house there is a carving which the people say will weep when something in the Maori world is lost. This last episode in the series, explores the importance of the passing on of shared memories, knowledge and history to the next generation.