MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN
New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK
Scriptwriter: Hepi Mita
Merata Mita broke through barriers of race, class, and gender and with the 1988 release of her film Mauri, became the first Māori woman to direct a feature film. Tackling controversial issues of indigenous social justice in her films, she emerged as one of New Zealand’s best-known filmmakers and a powerful voice for indigenous peoples around the world. In MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, Merata’s youngest son, Hepi, crafts a deeply intimate portrait of his late mother.
Born into a movie making family, his media career began in 2007 working in online journalism for the Pulitzer prize wining Las Vegas Sun newspaper. MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN is his debut film. It premiered at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland.
2018 Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen