Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
A film archivist, debut director Heperi Mita is also the son of Merata and New Zealand filmmaker Geoff Murphy. Heperi takes us through his mother's life and work, beginning with her traditional childhood and early marriage in Maketu, Bay of Plenty. A move to Auckland and a fractious relationship follow, and she ends up juggling solo parenting with her burgeoning activism (resulting in police harassment), politicisation and interest in filmmaking. Merata Mita was a barrier-breaking figure, not just as a filmmaker but also as a global mentor for indigenous people, and inspiration for many (including Taika Waititi). Heperi tells Merata's dynamic story with clips of her work, interviews with family, and also his own touching commentary.