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Fri Oct 21, 5:45 PM
Director: Beck Cole, Renae Maihi, Tracey Rigney, Chantelle Burgoyne, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Richard Curtis, Tim Worrall, Dena Curtis, Danielle MacLean, Jascha Müller-Guthof
2022
Australia, New Zealand
90 minutes
All Ages

Ten gifted directors. Eight heroic stories. One unique celebration of First Nations storytelling.

We Are Still Here is a deafening, defiant roar in response to 250 years of colonialism made by ten indigenous directors from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. From the expansive landscapes of the Central Australian Desert to the lush rainforests of New Zealand, eight powerful stories span millennia and multiple genres to interweave tales of kinship, loss, grief, and resilience. From an animated utopia that discovers an interloper, to a moving World War I drama between Samoan and Turkish soldiers, to a dystopian future where a child must navigate her way through an underground marketplace to save her grandfather, this special anthology is connected by eight characters all overcoming the odds to become the controller of their own destiny.

Opening Night, Sydney Film Festival 2022

“…a thrilling achievement, one that imparts a wonderful sense of growing, expanding and evolving, almost as if it has a life of its own. When there is so much same-same content about, there is nothing else quite like this.” – The Guardian

“We Are Still Here celebrates thousands of years of continuous excellence.” – Flicks

World Cinema Program presented by

Program Strand World Cinema
Language Maori, Arrernte, Turkish, Samoan
Subtitles English
Director Beck Cole, Renae Maihi, Tracey Rigney, Chantelle Burgoyne, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Richard Curtis, Tim Worrall, Dena Curtis, Danielle MacLean, Jascha Müller-Guthof
Producer Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers, Mia Henry-Teirney
Writer Tiraroa Reweti, Samuel Nuggin-Paynter, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Tiraroa Reweti, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi
Genre Drama, First Nations