The Land Has Eyes wins top award at Maori Film Festival
The Land Has Eyes was declared winner of the Premiere Festival Prize for best overall entry in the inaugural Waiora Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. The Festival screened over 100 feature films, short films, and documentaries, including Whale Rider, which was named best feature film.
The Festival’s top award, sponsored by the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, was presented to Vilsoni Hereniko during the festival’s award ceremony held in the Waiora War Memorial last Saturday night (4 June). He was given a trophy designed by Maori artist Rakaipaaka Tamanuhiri, and a $1000 check donated by the National Geographic Society.After the award ceremony, Hereniko said, “This award is recognition from the Maori community of how important and empowering it is that indigenous people tell their own stories and to do so in their own language – no matter what the risk.”