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Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, Hepi Mita

A documentary portrait of the pioneering Indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita and an intimate tribute from a son about his mother that delves into the life of the first woman from an Indigenous Nation to solely direct a film anywhere in the world. Known as the grandmother of Indigenous cinema, Merata’s independent political documentaries of the 1970s and 80s highlighted injustices for Māori people and often divided the country. Mita was fearless in her life, her activism and her art. Chronicling the director’s journey to decolonize the film and television screens of New Zealand and the world, the film documents her work, her early struggles with her family and her drive for social justice that often proved personally dangerous.

Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen
Directed by Hepi Mita
2018, New Zealand, 88 minutes, 14A
Presented in Māori with English subtitles

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.


SaskTel Theatre

This August, Cinema at the Museum presents a series of films that look at the art of documentary and the methods in which the genre reflects and connects the world of art to the screen. These films dive into themes of camaraderie, resilience, decolonization, innovation, and representation, all through the lens of documentarians showcasing ways in which artists create work that impacts the communities around them.

Film tickets are $10; free admission for members and youth under 18.

Talks, tours and other events are admission by donation or free with membership.

August 11, 2023 at 7:00PM