My best mate recommended that I watch this documentary. Although It feels quite traditional in the sense of storytelling style, the content is fascinating. To see a powerful young Maori woman working with the pakeha in the 80’s New Zealand filmmaking world is incendiary. This is a powerful story about the importance of hearing indigenous voices in our mainstream narratives. Decolonising the screen uses archival footage, former interviews with Merata interweaved with stories from her 5 children. It is a unique look at the struggle of the colonised, of the power of story telling and of the combination of the often misconstrued, but ultimately complimentary roles of mother, storyteller and revolutionary.

By Holly.