We Are Still Here Wins at imagineNATIVE

Uniquely Indigenous drama film, We Are Still Here, wins big at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, taking home the Dramatic Feature Award. Congratulations to DEGANZ members Chantelle Burgoyne, Tim Worrall, and Renae Maihi who were on the directorial team alongside Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, and Tracey Rigney.

The film premiered at NZIFF, and screened at multiple international films festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, and at the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival.

We Are Still Here is told through the perspectives of eight protagonists across 1,000 years, spanning past, present and future. It explores themes of kinship, grief, and resilience. The interwoven stories highlight the strength of love and hope over the trauma that Indigenous people in the Pacific share. The film seeks to remind viewers that despite colonialism, racism, imperialism, and the attempted erasure of lives and culture, Indigenous people are still here.

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The festival takes place every October in Toronto.

Last updated on 3 November 2022