2020 Taki Rua:Breaking Barriers

Feature documentary

Taki Rua: Breaking Barriers tells the story of our unofficial Māori national theatre. As we watch a new production go through rehearsals, we witness the deeply personal, politically visionary story of the thirty-year struggle to create a truly bicultural force in the world of live theatre, and society. From humble beginnings, Taki Rua presents a depth of talent forceful enough to take the voice of Māori to Aotearoa and the world.

Executive Producers: Gaylene Preston, Reikura Kahi

Producers: Selina Joe, Whetu Fala

Co-director: Christina Asher

Writer/Director : Whetu Fala

Ngā Aho Whakaari Shorts

When Merata Mita challenged a Ngā Aho Whakaari hui to create film opportunities for Māori stories from the heartland the first Ngā Aho Whakaari shorts series was born in 2015, now in its 5th year the series has continued to expand and grow Māori talent.

In 2015 the first four short films were completed from Māori communities of Hokianga “Pumanawa: the Gift” Writers Wayne Te Tai Director Poata Eruera Producer Tui Ruwhiu, Waiariki “Elevator” Writer/Director Tihini Grant Producer Lara Northcroft,”Ow What” Writer/Director Mike Jonathon Producers Lara Northcroft, Mike Jonathan and “Te Ukaipo Whenua” Writer/Director Kararaina Rangihau Producer Hineani Melbourne, Waikaremoana.

All four films have screened nationally Wairoa Māori Film Festival, Māorilands Film Festival, Ngā Whanaungā Shorts NZ International Film Festival and internationally including ImagiNative Toronto, Canada.

Executive Producers: Whetu Fala for Fala Media and Karen Sidney

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Siva dance track is composed by Fonoti Pati Umaga for his band Kabasa. Released in 2016.

Director/Composer: Fonoti Pati Umaga Producer: Whetu Fala

2013 Fale Matariki – July 20, 21 

Te Wai o Horotiu Marae, Auckland University of Technology

Māori and Pasifika filmmakers team up in the Fale/Whare/Meeting house of AUT marae to bring screenings, workshops, stalls and all things creative for Matariki in beautiful Tamaki city.

Sponsored by Commonwealth Foundation, Te Ara Poutama AUT, Auckland Council Matariki team .

Producer: Whetu Fala for Fala Media

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2013 Waiheke Waiata Mai!

Māori songs sung by Waiheke Islanders.

Favourite Māori songs by Waiheke Islanders.
2013 Matariki Screenings:

June 2013 Waiheke Community Cinema
July 2013 Fale Matariki Festival, AUT marae

Director/Producer: Whetu Fala
Featuring: Waiheke Islanders

2013 Matariki Shorts Waiheke –  Sunday 9 June

Waiheke Community Cinema, Oceanview Road

Waiheke based Māori filmmakers present their short films in celebration of the start of Matariki (the rise of the Pleiades star constellation in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Produced by Fala Media

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