SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK
2019, 95 mins
Production: ARAMA Pictures
Language: English, Maori
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Hepi Mita
Director: Hepi Mita
DoP: Mike Jonathon
Composer: n/a
Producer: Chelsea Winstanley
Editor: Te Rurehe Paki
Cast: Merata Mita, Rafer Rautjoki, Richard Rautjoki, Rhys Rautjoki, Awatea Mita, 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.

Director’s biography

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.

Director’s filmography

2018 Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen