Kia hiwa ra!

Networking is the life blood of all industry. And this weeks opportunity to make a new and interesting connection comes in the form of Laha Mebow , Taiwan’s first aboriginal female film director who is being hosted in Auckland at the end of the month.

Laha (or “Director Chen”) would like to meet with some Maori and Pasifika filmmakers whilst attending the event, to better understand the New Zealand indigenous screens scene and developments.

A short workshop session, organised by the NZFC for the morning of Sunday, 30th July, is available should enough interest be generated.

Graduated from Shih Hsin University, Department of Radio, TV and Film, Laha is the first female aboriginal film director in Taiwan. She has trainings in scriptwriting and directing and is also an experienced TV producer. She has been devoting herself to the field of film and TV for 18 years, including working on the team of the internationally renowned Taiwanese director, Ming-Liang Tsai. Laha’s work focuses on aboriginal documentary and drama. Due to her indigenous identity, she is specialised in indigenous theme.

“As an aboriginal director, I love to address the aborigines’ pressing issues with an easy and humorous, even teasing tone.”

Her recent works include HANG IN THERE, KIDS! Which won/was nominated for some awards at Golden Horse and Taipei Film Festival. This time, through the eyes and the minds of the kids from the tribe, we see their own stories, the hardships of growing up, and their hopes and dreams. In an isolated and secluded mountain tribe, three boys with different backgrounds face situations when growing up. In the process, though with some sense of helplessness, the aboriginal boys always stay optimistic. With an easy attitude, they try to break free from the difficulties in life. These children are sweet and naïve. You can’t help but feel for them.

I am looking to confirm numbers by lunchtime on Friday, 15th July so hit me back please. E:


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