Presented by: The Incubator Creative Hub & Matariki Tauranga Moana
This is a Matariki 2020 event celebrating local Māori filmmaker Mita Tereremoana Tahata and his three artist documentaries.
This is an evening event in the Historic Village cinema where the audience has the opportunity to watch three of local filmmaker Mita Tereremoana Tahata’s acclaimed short films followed by a hosted Q & A discussion panel with two Māori/Pacific artists, the subjects of his films and the film maker.
Film 1. Emerging filmmaker Mita was sponsored to travel to Arras, France to document the journey of descendants of the Māori Pacific Island tunnelers in World War 2. Titled ‘Vaka 500’, this documentary was shown at Auckland Art Gallery on its completion.
Film 2. A short documentary exploring the world of distinguished Bay of Plenty artist Kelcy Taratoa. Kelcy Taratoa is a New Zealand painter whose vivid, graphic and futuristic works occupy the realm of science-fiction and comic books.
Film 3. A short film documenting the art and story of Iata Peautolu Māori/Niuean and his attempts to communicate to people through his art. The artist says, “There is a noble side to our culture, and there is a savage side too. Whilst there is a perception of the Pacific Islands being havens of paradise, we also have a very savage and barbaric history. I have chosen to highlight the savageness in my body of work but there are also noble yet beautiful attributes attached to the tattoos, where they were once seen as markings of evil.”
Artist panel discussion: A facilitated discussion forum between audience and the three artists
The artist panellists for Q & A:
- Kelcy Taratoa
- Iata Peautolu
- Mita Tereremoana Tahata – filmmaker and artist