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Among the films at this year’s Doc Edge Festival is Whetū Mārama – Bright Star. Aileen O’Sullivan (DEGANZ) co-directed this film alongside Toby Mills.

Whetū Mārama – Bright Star 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 voyages on the world map.

After playing at the 2021 New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), Whetū Mārama – Bright Star is screening at this year’s Doc Edge Festival.

The 2022 Doc Edge Festival is running from June 1 – July 10 in Aotearoa, and you can view the full programme now.

Member Mary-Lyn Chambers’ new short film, KARANGA, is set to have its world premiere on December 13 on Sky Arts. The film is a cinematic exploration of the Māori contemporary dance work of the same name, choreographed by Merenia Gray.

The work is a love letter to Gray’s late mother Tiahuia Te Puea Hērangi Ramihana Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui), who performed the karanga – an ancient Maori ceremony only performed by women. KARANGA involves dance and the spoken word, led by performer Miriama McDowell.

Normally to be found in the editor’s chair, DEGANZ member Adam-Luka Turjak, also worked on this multidisciplinary dance work as the projections designer.

Watch KARANGA at 8:30pm, December 13 on Sky Arts.

The second season of Head High from DEGNZ member Tim Worrall has been playing Monday nights on Three. Recommended by The Spinoff as one to watch with the whānau, you can stream season one and two of the award-winning series on ThreeNow.

Tim Worrall served as lead-writer and directed part of the series. The drama follows the rise of high school rugby stars, Mana and Tai (Jayden Daniels and Lionel Wellington), who with the guidance of their step-father and coach, Vince (Craig Hall), and police officer mum Renee (Miriama McDowell), fight to achieve the ‘Kiwi’ dream of wearing the black jersey.

The first two episodes in the three part documentary Ake, Ake, Ake are now available on Māori Television OnDemand and on the RNZ website. Co-directed by DEGNZ member Kim Webby and Whatanui Flavell, the series tells the story of the land occupation at Ihumātao through the voices of those who were intimately involved in the actions that took place there.

Screened to coincide with the 2nd anniversary of the occupation during July 2019, Ake, Ake, Ake is an important documentary that explores a significant event in Aotearoa’s recent history.

The last episode will be released on August 2.

The series was produced by Scottie Productions for Māori Television and made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho & NZ On Air.

The Aotearoa box-office hit Cousins will release in select theatres in the US on July 2, after being picked up by Array Releasing, the distribution arm of Ava DuVernay’s Array collective.

Edited by DEGNZ member Alex Boyd, the film debuted at number one at the box office and quickly became a local hit, earning $1.6 million. The president of Array, Tilane Jones, spoke to Deadline about the acquisition, stating how inspired they were to bring this powerful film to audiences across the globe, a “beautiful story exploring identity, culture and family that goes beyond borders and time”.

Cousins will also stream on Netflix (US) from July 22.