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Te Kuki Airani Film Festival
14 films, 5 days, one epic week of Māori & Pasifika stories!

Vaine Toa – Warrior Women

6 – 10 August 2019

Empire Cinema, Avarua, Cook Islands 

TE KUKI AIRANI FILM FESTIVAL  | 6 – 10 August 2019

Teariki Productions presents the second year of Te Kūki ‘Āirani Film Festival. Running from 6 August to 10 August, this year's theme is Vaine Toa (Warrior Women). Over 80% of the films showing will have either a leading female cast or is written, directed and/or produced by a female filmmaker. This year's festival will showcase 6 feature films and 8 short films with 5 days of screenings at the Empire Cinema, Rarotonga.

The weeklong festival encourages international visitors, local community members, creatives and artists to come together to celebrate Indigenous storytelling.


Tuesday 6th August – Opening night - Vai Screening preceded by Our Atolls Speak.
Saturday 10th August Finale night - Pasifika / Māori Short Films

Festival Programme

Special guests and filmmakers appearing are:


  • Chelsea Winstanley – Producer of ‘Merata:  How Mum Decolonised the Screen’
  • Heperi Mita – Direct of ‘Merata:  How Mum Decolonised the Screen’
  • Bird Runningwater – Indigenous programme director – Sundance Institute
  • Vea Mafile’o – Director & Producer of ‘For my Father’s Kingdom’
  • Lisa Taouma – Director & Producer of ‘Marks of Mana’
  • Eliorah Malifa – Director of the Pasifika Film Festival (Australia)
  • Miria George – Writer & Director of Vai (Kūki ‘Āirani)
  • Taungaroa Emile – Actor in Vai (Kūki ‘Āirani) & Tama Tu
  • Evotiah-Rose Avaiti – Actor in Vai (Kūki ‘Āirani)
  • Sharlene George – Producer of Hinekura & Founder of the Sweet Shop
  • Becs Arahanga – Director of Vai & Hinekura
  • Kath Akuhata-Brown – Producer of Hinekura
  • Hone Kouka – Writer & Cofounder - Tawata Productions

Download the full festival programme here
Vai Trailer

To view all of the film trailers visit Te Kūki ‘Āirani Film Festival (@TKAFF) Facebook page. 
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