Hiona Henare’s beautifully lyrical and intimate documentary closes in tightly on the art and meaning of tatau in ‘Ruahine: Stories in her Skin’, which was among the winners at this year’s FIFO in Tahiti. For Māori women receiving their traditional moko kauae (chin tattoos), they are visually asserting their birthright and identity while celebrating the mana (spiritual power) of their whakapapa (ancestry). Taking viewers inside two moko kauae ceremonies, Ruahine explores the powerful and personal reasons for women getting the tattoo, the practice once suppressed through legislation and now experiencing a resurgence. Henare’s access delivers an uninhibited and unobstructed experience, filled with traditional songs and story. This screening is accompanied by a conversation with filmmaker, Hiona Henare.
**This bundle includes short films Pasifika Stories: Taonga kiriata poto listed as bonus content below. **
Brown Bitty Pictures, Muaūpoko Trial Authority