Hear Me Out
Director: Jason Boberg Producer: Lucy Stonex
Aotearoa’s first deaf MP Mojo Mathers has long fought for her voice to be heard. Now with one final bill in parliament, can she ensure all people with disabilities in New Zealand will be heard?
Aotearoa’s first deaf MP has one last Bill in parliament that could open the doors for people with disabilities to represent themselves and others. Throughout her life and career, Mojo Mathers has had to battle at every step of the way for her voice to be heard. Now, she has one last chance in her fight for equal representation to secure a political future for people with disabilities in New Zealand. If unsuccessful, her long-fought campaign for equal access will be in vain and her communities’ voice will remain silenced.
The Barter Barber
Director: Ygnacio Cervio Producer: Valeria Astudillo
After losing friends to suicide, a crisis trained barber leaves his life behind to travel around the country on a mission to challenge the perception of men’s mental health one haircut at a time.
Sam ‘the BARTER BARBER’ Dowdall, is an enthusiastic young man who combines his barbering skills with his crisis training to encourage men to speak up about their issues. It’s been 5 years since Sam lost four of his male friends to suicide. After these tragic events, Sam left his life behind and went on the road with his dog Bo and one goal in mind: change the current landscape of men’s mental health.
But can one bloke with a mission really get men to break through the walls that have been put up by generations of Kiwi males or will he be met by stifled emotions or worse: silence?
John the Baptist
Director: Kayne Peters Producer: Piata Gardiner-Hoskins
An Englishman who moved to New Zealand to be a Baptist minister says he is serving God by learning to speak te reo Māori.
British immigrant, John Catmur, believes God told him to move to New Zealand. Since living here, he has immersed himself in Māori culture and learnt te reo. The impact was so powerful, it made him feel a part of this land and has since lead him on a path of inspiring others to take up the koroka (mantle).
This story, will be told by John in te reo Māori to demonstrate the remarkable passion he has for the language.
From standing on the marae with his te reo class, to worshiping Jesus Christ with members of his church in te reo Māori and encouraging other pākeha friends to speak the language — we capture a glimpse of John on his mission.
Like the biblical prophet, this John the Baptist carries the word of God around to share with others. But unlike the original prophet, John shares his message in te reo Māori.
Director: Jared Buckley Producer: TBC
A passionate falcon trainer and her loyal falcon race against time to raise awareness about the threats facing New Zealand’s top aerial predator.
Kārearea is a unique story of friendship between a wild bird of prey and her trainer. Fern, a New Zealand falcon trainer, has been lovingly trained by Diana over the last 6 years and together they have developed an incredible bond. Worryingly, Kārearea are now classified as a National Venerable species with potentially only 5000 left in the wild. But Fern and Diana are determined to work together inspiring others to get behind the New Zealand Falcon and turn their numbers around.
Director: Himiona Grace Producer: Anahera Parata
The lone resident of a sinking island watches in despair as the effects of climate change slowly encroach on his island paradise. But what can one person do to counteract a global crisis? How can he stop the waves?
Karl Webber lives on an island. It is a bush covered jewel on the South East of Kāpiti Island. Many people have landed and settled there. Iwi, whalers, sealers and traders are all part of its colourful history.
Now Karl is the sole occupant and over the past ten years he has noticed the increased effect our consumer lifestyle, and climate change, has had on the island. Plastic from fishing boats and the mainland wash up on shore. This year the water temperature rose to 22C, the highest ever recorded. And each year the waves reach further and further up onto the land. They have washed away the small banks exposing whale bones that have been buried there since the early 1800s. With its rich history there will be artefacts buried in the land. People have lived, died and been buried on this island too. The rising tides are a very real threat.
But how can Karl stop waves? He can’t stand on the shore and hold his hands up. He can’t build a wall around the island.
Climate change is the biggest threat we face on a global scale. So what can one person on a small island do to try and turn things around?
Director: Morgan Leigh Stewart Producer: Lissandra Leite
In the exhilarating and male-dominated world of dirt track racing, stock car driver Brooke does what she loves most: races. The fiercely determined Brooke navigates the pits, the track, the past, and the future of NZ’s most beloved motorsport.
She Speeds goes behind the wheel and under the bonnet of New Zealand dirt track racing through the eyes of Brooke Clarkson – a fourth generation racer, and one of the few female drivers in her class.
We explore Speedway, and Brooke’s part in it, before the light turns green and then we are taken for a ride deep into the mind of a race car driver. In a male-dominated sport, Brooke shows us what blazing a trail really means.
The Crossroads: Le Māgafā
Director: Sani Sagala Producer: Aaron Taouma
The two worlds of rapper Kas Tha Feelstyle Futialo intersect in this lyrical depiction of the influences on his life. In the intermingling of Western Hip Hop and Sāmoan culture we find a place where similarities are strengthened and music flows.
Kas Futialo, a.k.a. ‘Tha Feelstyle’, is a multi-award winning music artist who has been at the forefront of Aotearoa and Pacific hip hop over the past thirty-years. This lyrical depiction of the influences which have shaped Kas’s life gives shape and form to an outlook refusing to stick to the status quo. From hip hop to ancient oratory chants, suburban Auckland to Sāmoa, we experience what it means to be Tha Feelstyle as we follow Kas to the place where the crossroads of his life intersect.
The Cube of Truth
Director: Amy Taylor Producer: TBC
A daring young couple take a surprising message of violence to the streets, exposing the dark side of animal industries and challenging the status quo.
Every month a group of people put on black clothing, pack their laptops and a mask, and meet on a busy Auckland city street. Christian Huriwai is one of their leaders, a 26-year-old from the far north, well-known as a world champion extreme street unicyclist and a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.
Chris and his partner Sam la Hood are members of the animal rights group Anonymous for the Voiceless. They take us inside “The Cube of Truth” – a group of masked volunteers standing silently in an outwards-facing square, showing the public a graphic montage of modern animal industry practices on their laptops. They aim to trigger curiosity and interest in veganism, but they also deal with angry outbursts and ridicule. Animal activism isn’t for the faint hearted.
What Logan Did
Director: Jane Mahoney Producer: Josie Cox
A passionate young Ngāi Tahu inventor is on a mission to rid New Zealand’s rivers of Didymo, and the way he’s going about it is truly remarkable.
Twenty-two-year-old Logan Williams has a brilliant plan to save the South Island’s waterways from the devastating algae, Didymo, and save the world from plastic all at the same time. Growing up in South Canterbury, Logan (Ngāi /Kāi Tahu) feels a strong connection to the mighty rivers of the Mackenzie Country and has witnessed first hand the shocking devastation caused by Didymo.
Where most would just walk away in despair, Logan is wading in, up to his neck – making it his mission to eliminate Didymo and restore the health of these precious waterways. He has pioneered a process that turns the algae, also known as ‘rock snot’, into a versatile plastic substitute that is biodegradable, waterproof, fireproof, recyclable, durable, non-toxic and machine washable. But, as brilliant as he is, can Logan’s wild idea really save these waterways from such a pernicious disease or will nature win this battle?
Director: Louise Pattinson Producer: Gabriel Abreu
A Māori entrepreneur attempts to reclaim the exploitative art form of portrait photography by using it to help prisoners reframe their identity. But can a simple photograph really change your life?
Taaniko Nordstrom is a woman, Māori, entrepreneur and activist for social change.
In 2013 she and her sister, Vienna, founded an artistic venture called Soldiers Rd Portraits – a unique way of using modern media, props and photography to recreate vintage style Māori portraits. The portraits had overwhelmingly positive and profound effects on their subjects and so the women hatched a plan to see if their photographs could serve as a catalyst for social change on a much larger scale.
Soldiers Rd Portraits partnered with Waikeria Prison in a groundbreaking pilot, which aims to transform prisoner cultural identity and self perception as an innovative way to approach prison recidivism rates. As well as offering free portraits to inmates, they also help them write a letter to their tūpuna (ancestors), helping them connect with their past. Māori, are significantly overrepresented in the prison population and Taaniko believes that a lack of understanding around identity, heritage and tikanga (customs and values), plays a vital part in shaping these inmates.
But can Taaniko really turn these prisoners’ lives around with just a simple photograph?