Atanarjuat The Fast Runner
By Zacharias Kunuk – Canada 2001
The legend of how Atanarjuat wins the hand of the beautiful Atuat. Escaping his rival’s ambush, he sprints naked across the ever-frozen ice, thereby lifting an old Shaman’s curse.
By Ivan Sen - Australia 2002
A road movie across the Australian outback. Two misfits, each with a different axe to grind: Vaughn despises all white people, while Lena tries to conceal her mother’s Aboriginal roots. Forced to band together, they have more in common than they think.
By Taika Waititi - New Zealand 2010
A big Michael Jackson fan, Boy idolises his father who is serving a prison sentence. After his dad is released, Boy hopes they will now live together and goes to great lengths to impress his dubious hero.
By Kent Mackenzie – USA 1961
A group of young Native Americans flirt, fight and party during one long night in Los Angeles. Shot in atmospheric black-and-white, this documentary portrays a rootless generation, capturing an intense snapshot of urban life.
By Barry Barclay – New Zealand 1987
In 1940s New Zealand, a young doctor arrives at a village thinking he can educate its Maori inhabitants but realises he is the one who can learn from the community’s traditions and social cohesion. A story about finding identity in a post-colonial society.
O Le Tulafale (The Orator)
By Tusi Tamasese - Samoa/New Zealand 2011
A family feud is destroying the peace in humble Saili’s village. In order to restore harmony he must first master his Samoan ancestors’ tradition of oratory.
On the Ice
By Andrew Okpeaha MacLean - USA 2011
They spend the bright Polar nights at hip-hop parties and their days out hunting for seals. After a fatal accident, Qalli and Aivaaq begin to weave a web of lies, and end up treading on very thin ice indeed.
Samson & Delilah
By Warwick Thornton - Australia 2009
Two rebellious teenagers leave their home in the Australian outback and head off for the city where they become all the more aware of their marginality. They develop their own strategies for survival, while a tender love begins to grow between them.
Saving Grace, Te Whakarauora Tangata
By Merata Mita - New Zealand 2011 (Documentary)
Maori men front up before the camera and take responsibility for their violence. Unsparing in their self-assessment, they also talk about their hopes for a future without abuse and oppression.
By Chris Eyre - USA 2002
Alcoholism, violence and unemployment dictate the daily routine on the reservation. Rudy, a tribal cop, wants to do more than just fight the symptoms, and embarks on an unusual campaign of vengeance in the name of Native American justice.
By Rolf de Heer – Australia 2006
A story about love, betrayal and tribal conflict involving ten hunters, two narrators and three time periods. A journey into a mythical Australia, long before the white man set foot on the continent.
By Heather Rae - USA 2005 (Documentary)
American Indian Movement activist John Trudell exudes dignity, pride and charisma. This documentary follows his life – from his childhood beginnings in Nebraska to his political struggles and their continuation in his work as a poet and musician.
The Ballad of Crowfoot
By Willie Dunn – Canada 1968
Set against archival images, this moving ballad tells the story of the life of legendary Chief Crowfoot and the fate of Canada’s First Peoples.
Bastion Point Day 507
By Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann – New Zealand 1980 (Documentary)
A record of the Maori protest movement during the explosive land dispute of 1978, which sought to prevent a Government takeover of the coastal region of Bastion Point.
Circle of the Sun
By Colin Low – Canada 1960 (Documentary)
With stunning colour photography, this documentary marks the first record of the Kainai tribe’s sun dance ceremony.
By Tammy Davis – New Zealand 2011
Two young men go on a Christmas burglary spree, but what they find makes them leave their loot behind – tender handling is required.
By Warwick Thornton – Australia 2005
DJ Kenny is in the midst of presenting his nightly radio show in the Australian outback when an old man knocks at the door asking for a cup of tea. A turbulent night begins.
By Warwick Thornton - Australia 2007
She is adored by her granddaughter. Nana can cook, paint, hunt – and has her own particular brand of justice.
By Erica Glynn - Australia 2001 (Documentary)
This documentary follows traditional healers as they go about their impressive work in Aboriginal communities, and shows how they are passing on their knowledge.
By Warwick Thornton – Australia 1996
On the day of his release following twenty years in prison, Paddy must face ‘payback’ in accordance with the traditional laws of his people.
Le rêve d’une mère (A Mother’s Dream)
By Cherilyn Papatie – Canada 2007 (Documentary)
A mother’s dream and nightmare. The state does not allow her children to live at home. She is only occasionally allowed to spend a few precious hours with them.
Richard Cardinal – Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child
By Alanis Obomsawin – Canada 1986 (Documentary)
After experiencing abuse and neglect in 28 foster families and homes, Richard’s will to live is finally broken. Made in 1986, this film chronicles a suicide which drew attention to Canada’s ‘stolen generations’.
Turangawaewae – A Place to Stand
By Peter Burger – New Zealand 2003
A man haunted by memories of war and lost in the present finds his way back to his roots.
Two Cars, One Night
By Taika Waititi – New Zealand 2004
Polly and Romeo meet while waiting for their parents outside a rural bar. What begins as an argument ends in the initial sparks of first love.