Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the Quebec premiere of Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, with acclaimed Abenaki filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin, who is featured in the film. Jess Murwin, a queer artist and programmer of mixed Mi'kmaq and Western European descent, will host the evening.
The film is a beautiful homage to one of the founders of Indigenous cinema, Māori artist and activist Merata Mita. The screening will mark the launch of the new Cinema Politica On Demand collection entitled Māori-Made, which is part of Cinema Politica's ongoing work with the New Zealand Film Commission to make their titles available in Canada.
Admission is by donation — $5 to $10 suggested. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available upon request with 24 hours’ notice. Please email Cinema Politica for more information. This screening is co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA Concordia).
Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen
Heperi Mita / New Zealand / 2018 / 95 ' / English — Māori / partial subtitles in English
Pioneering Māori filmmaker and activist Merata Mita was arguably one of the most influential women in Indigenous filmmaking, helping to raise the visibility and voices of Māori and of women. Through seminal works in the 70s and 80s, she fearlessly addressed the issues and effects of colonialism
In this deeply personal and moving portrait of her life's work, Merata's youngest son, director and archivist Heperi Mita, collaborates with his siblings to weave together her archives with interviews from some of cinema's most influential people, including Alanis Obomsawin and Taika Waititi. The result is a stunning work that beautifully honours Merata's lasting impact and legacy.