Ngāti: a Māori Moving Image movie screening

Image courtesy of the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust and New Zealand Film Commission

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Come along to The Dowse for a FREE screening of Ngāti (1987) directed by Barry Barclay.  

This event is a part of our exhibition Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive.


Set in and around the fictional town of Kapua in 1948, Ngāti is the story of a Māori community. The film comprises three narrative threads: a boy, Ropata, is dying of leukaemia; the return of a young Australian doctor, Greg, and his discovery that he has Māori heritage; and the fight to keep the local freezing works open. Unique in tone and quietly powerful in its storytelling, Ngāti was Barry Barclay's first dramatic feature, and the first feature to be written and directed by Māori. Ngati screened in Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival


Ngāti is being screened at The Dowse Art Museum thanks to the support of Pataka Art + Museum, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, The Film Commission and Te Puna Ataata The New Zealand Film Heritage Trust. Ngā Taonga have kindly agreed to introduce this film and provide a short karakia on the day.


From The Shore
7 April – 21 July 2019
Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua
From the Shore considers the influence of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of artists, specifically those working with moving image. Barclay and Mita were forerunners in making films by Māori, about Māori, for Māori. Through their work in film, television and writing, Barclay and Mita set out some core concerns of indigenous filmmaking internationally, ranging from control over production through to community-based models of filming and upending technical conventions, such as staged interviews.