Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

  • Screening Dates: 4th July, 6pm  //  18th July, 8pm
  • Starring: Merata Mita, Rafer Rautjoki, Richard Rautjoki, Rhys Rautjoki, Awatea Mita, Eruera ‘Bob’ Mita, Heperi Mita, Taika Waititi, Alanis Obomsawin, Bird Runningwater
  • Directed by: Heperi Mita
  • Running time: 95 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: Te Reo Maori, English


By the time the pioneering indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita died suddenly in 2010, she had packed an extraordinary amount of action into her 68 years. If her youngest son Heperi Mita became a film archivist and a filmmaker in order to discover the stories she did not live to tell him, then we in Aotearoa have something new to thank her for. His first film is a remarkable accomplishment, a compelling Great Woman portrait that speaks intimately from personal experience.

“The revolution isn’t just running out with a gun. If a film I make causes indigenous people to feel stronger about themselves, then I’m achieving something worthwhile for the revolution.”  – Merata Mita