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Merata Mita

Filmmaker, producer and actor Merata MITA (1942, New Zealand) is a prominent figure in the development of Māori cinema. She worked on television shows and as a sound recordist and sound assistant. Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to solely write and direct a dramatic feature film: Mauri (1988). Her influence also sparked the creation of the Sundance Institute’s Merata Mita Fellowship for native or indigenous filmmakers globally at any stage of their career or production. She died in 2010.


Bastion Point: Day 507 (1980, short), Keskidee Aroha (1980), The Bridge: A Story of Men in Dispute (1982), Patu! (1983), Mauri (1988), Mana Waka (1990), Hotere (2002), Te Whakarauora Tangata (2011)

Merata Mita op IFFR

  • Patu!

    Fascinerende documentaire over demonstraties rond het bezoek van het Zuid-Afrikaanse rugbyteam aan Nieuw-Zeeland in 1981.

    • Cinema Regained