He Kākano Ahau - From The Spaces In BetweenCulture, New Zealand, Māori|2017|03:17|G
New Zealand’s Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori? This short documentary utilises English and Te Reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine (woman) fighting to be heard. The Wellington Pride Festival is the capital’s annual celebration of LGBTIQ (Queer and Transgender) identities, and the 2017 festival is going to be the biggest in 25 years! It is a key time of celebration for this diverse community – but some stories are still not being told. Takatāpui – LGBT Māori identity – is still not widely understood, even within Aotearoa. Using the momentum of this historic occasion, this Short Documentary will utilise both English and Te Reo Māori to take us on a lyrical journey through Māori myth and proverb. Kassie shares her insight into what the Takatāpui identity means to her while performing in the Pride Parade with Takatāpui Community Group Tiwhanawhana. It is an intensely personal story, but at its core will ask the question ‘How do we stay true to who we are?’.