BIRRARANGGA Film Festival: Muru + Q&A Unclassified 15+

A group of people parading down a rural road bearing flags. They are travelling on trail bikes and horseback with the person leading the march in a small jeep.
23 June
Arc Cinema
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Dir: Tearepa Kahi, Unclassified 15+, New Zealand, 2022, 106mins, DCP,

This screening is part of BIRRARANGGA Film Festival at the NFSA. 

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Tūhoe native bush, writer- director Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: The Story of Our Song, Herbs: Songs of Freedom, Mt. Zion) plunges us into one of the most charged episodes of Aotearoa’s history: the Tūhoe raids of 15 October 2007. 

True to Kahi’s masterful commitment to centering Indigenous narratives, the film’s heartbeat is held by the locals. Community Sergeant ‘Taffy’ Tawharau (Cliff Curtis) has returned home to care for his ailing father. In addition to shuttling the local tamariki to kura and getting kaumātua to their medical check-ups, he must also contend with rebellious but loveable teenager Rusty (Poroaki Merritt-McDonald), also recently returned home – but from six months in a youth correctional facility. 

Against this backdrop of whānau and whenua, the police armed offenders squad descends on the sleepy town of Rūātoki – on a school day. Invoking New Zealand’s new anti-terrorism laws, the hunt begins for Tūhoe activist Tāme Iti (who plays himself), the alleged mastermind behind a potential political uprising and ringleader of military-style training camps in Te Urewera. 

Preview short film: Ivalu
2022 | 16 mins | Greenlandic, English Subtitles | D: Anders Walter, Pipaluk K Jørgensen (Inuk)
Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on.

Join us for a post-screening Q&A with Muru star Tāme Iti. 


Tickets and passes:

Full $22 | Concession $17 | Blak Tix $13 
Purchase 3 Film Pass for $45  
Purchase 5 Film Pass for $75


About BIRRARANGGA Film Festival

The NFSA is proud to partner with BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, celebrating Global Indigenous Films that explore the curatorial themes of ‘strength, resilience and the environment’. First Nations relationships to the image as a form of expression, particularly in Australia, is connected to thousands of years of cultural practices. Curated by Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung)/Yorta Yorta screen creative and actor Tony Briggs and producer/curator Damienne Pradier, BIRRARANGGA honours that history and acknowledges the contemporary currency of the moving image, of film, as an expression of the human experience in relation to our natural surroundings. 

BIRRARANGGA is a not-for-profit organisation that advances and promotes Indigenous filmmakers by encouraging innovative ways of thinking, creating and developing all Indigenous forms of the art of cinema. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your generous donations support will help maintain the operation of Australia's only Indigenous-led film festival. Donate to BIRRARANGGA



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