In celebration of Matariki, Doc Edge has organised a special screening of Whetū Mārama – Bright Star at the Civic in Auckland on Friday 24 June, followed by a Q&A with Toby Mills.
Co-directed by Aileen O’Sullivan (DEGANZ) and Toby Mills, this film is the story of Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi, aka Hek Busby, and his significance for Māori in rekindling their wayfinding DNA and for all New Zealanders in reclaiming our place as traditional star voyagers on the world map.
According to the directors, “For us the ultimate underlying focus of Whetū Mārama – Bright Star is the story of a culture that understands an inner compass… Hek talks of always knowing where he is – a sense of connection to his ancestors ‘lying just below the surface’. His voyaging has reconnected his crews with their inbuilt GPS systems and they in turn are teaching and inspiring the next generation, building a bridge back into our past to take us forward into the future.”
Whetū Mārama – Bright Star will be distributed throughout the country from July 7.