imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival had an impressive line up of films this year. Here is my recap of the films I was able to screen.
Director: Taika Watiti
Synopsis: The year is 1984 at the height of “Thriller”-mania in the beautiful Waihau Bay on the east coast of New Zealand. Eleven-year-old Boy spends his days idolizing Michael Jackson, talking to a goat, and taking care of his strange little brother Rocky (who has magical powers) and a band of deserted cousins. Boy’s other hero is his absent father, Alamein. But when Alamein suddenly arrives back in town, Boy is forced to reconcile his imagined idol with the reality of who his father is – a childish wannabe gangster just released from prison. This heartwarming and funny coming-of-age story finds hope in the pain of the disillusionment through the optimism and whimsical imaginings of a young boy.
Reinprinsessen (Reindeer Princess)
NorwayDirector: Nils John Porsanger
Synopsis: Ena II is the fastest reindeer in the world. Anne Risten is the lone female in the male-dominated sport of competitive reindeer racing. As a team, they are determined to be unbeatable. But as the racing season ramps up, both are met with unexpected challenges along the way.
My thoughts: An interesting look at a sport I had never heard of before. What makes this even more interesting is seeing Anne Risten and Enna II race. Anne Risten is quite determined to win and continue racing but her aging reindeer is not able to keep up. A nice introduction to the world of reindeer racing and the bond these animals form with those that train and care for them.