Te Moana — The Ocean

Te Moana is a story about cultural return that circles around a whale who redresses a history of colonisation for the Rangiwaho Marae, a Maori tribe in Poverty Bay, Aotearoa New Zealand. Following the journey of a repatriation of material heritage taken 250 years ago, on the anniversary of Captain Cook's voyage to the Pacific, there is protest and healing. Navigators use the stars to sail from Tahiti to Aotearoa, and with them the history of Tupaia, the Tahitian that boarded the Endeavour with Cook, comes to life. Created in collaboration with Jody Toroa and Kay Robin of Rangiwaho Marae, this experimental documentary speaks in an oceanic, queer, female, indigenous language of cultural resistance.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Rangiwaho Marae, TB21-Academy
Jody Toroa, Kay Robin, Tina Ngata, Anne Salmond, Emalani Case, Hinano Teavai-Murphy