Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2019)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2019-01-28
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 7 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 28min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New Zealand Film Commission
  • Production Country: New Zealand
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A documentary portrait of the pioneering indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita and an intimate tribute from a son about his mother that delves into the life of the first woman from an Indigenous Nation to solely direct a film anywhere in the world. Known as the grandmother of Indigenous cinema, Merata’s independent political documentaries of the 1970s and 80s highlighted injustices for Māori people and often divided the country. Mita was fearless in her life, her activism and her art. Chronicling the director’s journey to decolonize the film and television screens of New Zealand and the world, the film documents her work, her early struggles with her family and her drive for social justice that often proved personally dangerous.

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Production Cliff Curtis Executive Producer
Editing Annie Collins Consulting Editor
Writing Tearepa Kahi Creative Producer
Production Chelsea Winstanley Producer
Sound Dick Reade Sound Editor
Crew Desray Armstrong Post Production Supervisor
Editing Angela Boyd Online Editor
Directing Hepi Mita Director
Writing Hepi Mita Writer
Camera Mike Jonathan Director of Photography
Editing Te Rurehe Paki Editor
Sound Tama Waipara Music
Production Awatea Mita Production Assistant
Production Manutai Schuster Associate Producer