Māoriland Film Festival 2020
The Film Festival for anyone interested in travelling or seeing the world through someone else's eyes
Tāria taku moko māori ki ngā kiriata o te wā
Embed my native soul in film
Māoriland Film Festival was founded in 2014 to celebrate Indigenous voices and storytelling in film from Ōtaki, Aotearoa. We exist to uplift the perspectives and stories of Indigenous peoples. Each March, Māoriland Film Festival brings the Indigenous world to Ōtaki, Aotearoa to celebrate Indigenous creativity through screen storytelling.
Over the past six years, the festival has grown to be the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the Southern Hemisphere with a year-round programme of events.
Get set for the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2020 the Māoriland Film Festival will offer stories that seek harmony in an increasingly discordant world and will present amazing films from all parts of the world with the theme of Me Reretau - Be in Balance
Opening Night Film: The Legend of Baron To'a
Wed 18 March 2020 8:00 PM
Opening the festival on March 18 is The Legend of Baron To’a, a Kiwi-sized blockbuster, with a lot of heart and all of the hallmarks of New Zealand storytelling and talent.
Fritz, a displaced Tongan man, has returned to the cul-de-sac of his youth to sell the family home. When his late father’s priceless championship belt is stolen by a ruthless gang, Fritz must reconnect with his father’s legacy to defeat the barbaric gang kingpin and get the title back.
Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Director: Kiel McNaughton
Nation: Tonga, Māori