Kāinga (2022)
Kāinga (2022)

MWFF Presents

Kāinga – Closing Night

with short film Fire in the Water, Fire in the Sky

Angeline Loo, Asuka Sylvie, Ghazaleh Golbahksh, HASH, Julie | Aotearoa New Zealand | 2022 | Unclassified (15+)

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Mon 27 Feb 2023

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Evocative and emotion-filled, this is a smart, sensitive, stunning collection of female-led Kiwi-Asian stories which cleverly chronicle our changing nation over the last 50 years.

James Croot, (Film Critic Stuff.co.nz)

Following the success of Waru (2017) and Vai (MWFF, 2020), Kāinga is the third anthology film in the trilogy produced by Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton. Bringing together underrepresented Asian filmmakers to craft eight unique stories exploring the diverse, evolving, but familiar experiences of Asians trying to make a home in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Taking place over five decades in a single house, 11 Rua Road, the walls bear witness to a visiting Chinese daughter hoping to see her father; a young Japanese mother’s loneliness and isolation; a Filipino nurse trying to support both her adopted Aotearoa family and her real one in the Philippines; a young Korean girl’s confusion with strangers nosing through her house; an Indian daughter trying to connect with her elderly father through technology, an Iranian wife growing restless with the lack of opportunities as an immigrant; a Tamil Eelam sister looking for old memories and a young Chinese-Kiwi mother’s confrontation with her neighbour. 

Recent winner of the Network for the Promotion of Asian-Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) Award and a special mention in the Pasifika Award category for Best Feature Film at the Hawai'i International Film Festival, Kāinga explores the connections made between loss, belonging and home.

This session is followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Screens with: Fire in the Water, Fire in the Sky

Director - Miria George

Language - English, Cook Island (Kuki Airani) Māori

2021, 13 minutes

To live is to dance.

Tia has always survived – but in turn she has forgotten how to dance.

Sisters Tia and Ina are far from home. Tia is steadfast and protective of free-spirited Ina. Tia is focused on each labouring job ahead of them. Phone calls home to their family a reminder of why they must continue. Ina is wild, carefree, her spirit only slightly dampened by the push and focus of Tia.

A story of migration, Fire in the Water, Fire in the Sky is a statement inspired by climate change.

Format: DCP
Language: Cantonese, English, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, Māori, Tagalog with English subtitles
Runtime: 120 mins

Event duration

120 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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