American Indian MuseumMerata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen | Presented by the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival
Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen | Presented by the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival
WhenSaturday, March 7, 2020, 2 – 3:30 PM
CategoriesFilms
SponsorAmerican Indian Museum
VenueAmerican Indian Museum
Event LocationRasmuson Theater
CostFree; seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
AccessibilityWheelchair accessible
Details

In collaboration with the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival, celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the museum is screening Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen (New Zealand, 2018), directed by Hepi Mita (Ngāti Pikiao Te Arawa).

A documentary portrait of the pioneering Māori filmmaker and activist Merata Mita (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi), Merata is an intimate tribute from a son to his mother. Merata Mita was a woman of firsts: the first Māori documentarian, the first Indigenous woman in the world to write and direct a feature film on her own, a trailblazing activist who broke taboos in New Zealand by speaking openly of racism and domestic violence. Her most important role was being a mother. Merata Mita’s youngest child, filmmaker Heperi (Hepi) Mita, tells Merata’s story through a unique lens that shares her inspirational life and legacy.

The museum is hosting Merata in collaboration with the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival—films, concerts, exhibitions and public events presented by an association of national organizations and cultural institutions. Bringing together a coalition of women in film and media, the festival embraces both history and contemporary issues that make a difference for all women today.

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