25 Feb 2010

Festival to screen documentary almost entirely in Maori

9:01 am on 25 February 2010

The director of the Documentary Edge Festival says viewers might be challenged by a documentary which is almost entirely in Maori.

He Wawata Whaea - The Dream of an Elder profiles educator and Ngati Kuri kuia Meremere Penfold.

Dan Shanan says it was chosen for the New Zealand competition section not only for its subject, but because director Shirley Horrocks wanted the entire documentary to be in Maori.

Mr Shanan told Waatea News it's quite rare to see a film fully in the Maori language. The film has English subtitles.

The Documentary Edge Festival starts in Auckland on Friday.