Back in 2017 some of us at Cinema Politica tried to find the ground-breaking film Mauri by Merata Mita on line for streaming. We had heard of this Māori gem, the first female-directed Indigenous fiction feature, and wanted to rent or purchase it, but soon discovered it was not available in Canada. After contacting the New Zealand Film Commission, we soon agreed on a partnership where CP would distribute six Māori-made titles from the NZFC’s rich filmography (along with one non-Māori director), MAURI among those we would make available for the first time in Canada. We are beyond thrilled that after much hard work we are releasing the following outstanding Māori films online and beyond! Among the complex, provocative and stunning titles below, audiences will discover works by Barry Barclay, the Māori artist and intellectual who coined the term “Fourth Cinema” and who said the following words: “How can we take that maverick yet fond friend of ours—the camera—into the Maori community and be confident it will act with dignity?” (Our Own Image, 1990).
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An experimental short film on displacement and returning to Palestine via Google Streetview.
The story of Canadian Omar Khadr, detained at Guantánamo for almost a decade without charges.
A classic performance dealing with prostitution and anti-prostitution.
Alternative economist, politician and feminist Marilyn Waring explores the value of women's work.
A devoted father and filmmaker with a drive to keep the cameras rolling and show his son and the world what it means to live with disability.