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PRESS RELEASE: Directors Q&A and Extra Screening of Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Heperi Mita to deliver Director's Q&A at Tauranga screening of his documentary

Published 5 September 2018 | by Kristy Robinson

Due to popular demand, Bay of Plenty Film, in conjunction with Suffrage 125 Tauranga, has arranged an additional screening of “Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen”.  The film originally had two screenings scheduled in Tauranga as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), and when CEO, Anton Steel, heard that the first session of the film had sold out, he could see that there was demand for the screening locally, and started making arrangements for an additional screening.

The film focuses on Merata Mita, the pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film.  Her son Heperi Mita, who is originally from the Bay of Plenty, has collaborated with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait. Heperi was also the keynote presenter at Bay of Plenty Film’s inaugural industry forum “Te Ata” earlier this year.

Born in Maketū, Merata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and direct a dramatic feature film, and Heperi’s film screening has been a key event for local Suffrage 125 commemorations. 

The film has other Bay of Plenty connections, including Producer Chelsea Winstanley, who grew up in Tauranga; Executive Producer Cliff Curtis, and Director of Photography Mike Jonathan, both from Rotorua.

The additional screening of “Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen” has been confirmed for Sunday 16th September, 3.45pm at Rialto Cinema, Tauranga.  Tickets are available now from Rialto Tauranga.

Visit the NZIFF website for more information about the film: and for further information about the screening, and Bay of Plenty Film, contact the Coordinator, Kristy Robinson, on 021 481 834 or email

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