International symposium on Māori and Indigenous Screen Production - He Whare Tapere
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This is an overview of the International Symposium on Māori and Indigenous Screen Production held at AUT Marae, December 4-5, 2010. The Symposium provided a platform for Māori, Pasifika and other Indigenous film-makers, academics and industry leader to share their work and develop strategies for the future of indigenous screen production. International guests included: Alanis Obomsawin, Neil Diamond and Jobie Weetaluktuk from Canada, Dr. Romaine Moreton and Jenny Fraser from Australia. Prominent New Zealand film-makers and writers included Patricia Grace, Gaylene Preston, Rowley Habib, Briar Grace-Smith, Larry Parr, Sima Urale, Katie Wolfe, Whetu Fala, Rawiri Paratene, Ainsley Gardiner and over one hundred others. Academics included Dr. Rachel Wolfgramm, Dr. Ocean Mercier, Dr. Sue Abel, Professor Judith Pringle and other conducting cutting-edge research on Māori and Indigenous Screen Production. It was the first time such an august and diverse group had come together under such an umbrella.