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Kati! Films of Indigenous Resistance

Kati! Films of Indigenous Resistance

When: Tuesday 16 September, starting at 8pm

Where: Newtown Community Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo Sts

Cost: Entry is koha ($5 suggested)

Te Kawau Maro - Wellington Indymedia Present: Kati! Films of Indigenous Resistance.

Featuring Te Kupu's rapumentary 'Ngatahi - Know The Links' (part 2) "An elated dose of urban vitality immersed in conscious awareness" Te Kupu will be present to talk about his film and the issues it raises

and 'Zapatista' - A Big Noise film "A provocative, hip, graphic exposé of an inspiring human struggle".

The films will be screened at Newtown Community Centre (cnr Rintoul and Colombo Sts) on Tuesday 16 September, starting at 8pm. Entry is koha ($5 suggested). Kati! is a fundraiser for Outback Downunder - An Maori and Aboriginal Hip Hop event, celebrating indigenous peoples' resistance to colonisation.

About Te Kupu's rapumentary 'Ngatahi - Know The Links'

Shot, produced, directed and edited by Dean Hapeta a.k.a Te Kupu, 'Ngatahi - Know The Links' is a stimulating streetwise orchestration of philosophical thought focusing on socio-political issues amongst indigenous and marginalised peoples in twenty countries.

A unique intermingling of music, images, thoughts and comprehensions where hip hop, poetry and activism exist as one - rappers, poets and thinkers share their views alongside the X1 International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Rastafarian Nyahbingi, Aboriginal reality, Hawaiian self-determination, Maori activism, French rap, Cuban street music, Brixton reasoning, First Nation resolution and more.

Music from Upper Hutt Posse, Te Kupu, Nat Rose (Aotearoa), Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Canada), Dall'as Cartel (France), Maya Jupiter - Camielle, Wire MC - milkybar (Australia), Reachout 2002 (Jamaica), Havana locals (Cuba), Ernie Cruz, Halau Ku Mana students (Hawai'i), La Heroi-k (Colombia), street musicians and whatever was playing at the time compliment the free flow of words.

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About 'Zapatista' - A Big Noise film "

It is New Years Night 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. To the Mayan communities in the Lacandon Jungle of Southeastern Mexico, NAFTA symbolizes the culmination of over 500 years of exploitation. During the night, 2,000 indigenous soldiers occupy several cities in the state of Chiapas and declare political and economic independence. They call themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).

In the summer of 1996, three students hear something so new and so powerful in the Zapatistas' words that they realize they have to go to Chiapas. Armed with credit cards and a couple of state-of-the art digital video cameras, they make their way deep into the Lacandon jungle and into the heart of the first resistance movement of the twenty-first century. Their energy and their light-weight, inconspicuous equipment get them into places where the mainstream media cannot go. Inside rebel territory they meet with Dominican Priests and Mayan elders, with peasant soldiers and warrior poets, with radical students from the city and with the indigenous men, women and children who are fighting for a New World. This journey that would change their lives forever culminates in a rare, late night encounter with Subcomandante Marcos, the elusive spokesperson for the movement.

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About Te Kawau Maro and Outback Down Under

Aboriginal hiphop crews Local Knowledge, Gudabah, and free.B, and Maori heroes the Upper Hutt Posse and guests will perform at Wellington's Bar Bodega on Thursday 30th October. The gig celebrates indigenous peoples' resistance to colonisation and coincides with the week that the Declaration of Independence 1835 was signed at Waitangi.

The organisation spearheading this cultural and political exchange is Te Kawau Maro. Says Tauni Ngatai-Sinclair, co-ordinator for the Maori section, "The gig is an indigenous conscious kaupapa between Aboriginal and Maori, continuing a long tradition of politically and actively working together. It is also an opportunity for the two indigenous groups to collaborate more closely, and to raise our struggle by utilising those skills and talents that we have been gifted."

Kati! Films of Indigenous Resistance

When: Tuesday 16 September, starting at 8pm

Where: Newtown Community Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo Sts

Cost: Entry is koha ($5 suggested)

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