We Are Still Here

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From the ancient past to a dystopian future, this ambitious, genre-hopping anthology film brings together First Nations filmmakers from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific to challenge colonial myths and mark the power of resistance.

In a sweeping tale that spans 1000 years and multiple generations – from the distant past to the 19th century, the present day and a strange, dystopian future – this landmark collection traces the collective histories of Indigenous peoples across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Diverse in perspective, content and form, traversing the terrain of grief, love and dispossession, they each bear witness to these cultures’ ongoing struggles against patriarchy, colonialism and racism.

Led by supervising director Beck Cole (Black Comedy; Making Samson & Delilah, MIFF 2009), talented young Australian filmmakers Danielle MacLean, Tracey Rigney (Man Real, MIFF 2015; Endangered, MIFF 2005) and Dena Curtis (Jacob, MIFF 2009; Hush, MIFF 2007) join New Zealand filmmakers Chantelle Burgoyne, Richard Curtis, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Renae Maihi and Tim Worrall for eight formidable – and sometimes funny – stories that embrace everything from animation and sci-fi to drama and romantic comedy. Begun as a right of reply to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s disputed ‘discovery’ of Australia, the film has become a moving commemoration of First Nations identity and strength.

“A celebration of Aboriginal, Maori and South Pacific Islander survival and resilience.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Please note: MIFF’s full program will launch on Tuesday 12 July. Tickets will be available to MIFF Members from Tuesday 12 July and to the general public from Friday 15 July.

If you require any access service, such as wheelchair/step-free access, for any MIFF session, please email boxoffice@miff.com.au to book your ticket.

Key Cast
Calvin Tuteao, Clarence Ryan, Evander Brown, Leonie Whyman, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt, Tioreore Ngātai-Melbourne, Villa Lemanu
Beck Cole, Chantelle Burgoyne, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Renae Maihi, Tracey Rigney
Danielle Maclean, Mia Henry Teirney, Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers
Danielle Maclean, Dena Curtis, Mario Gaoa, Miki Magasiva, Renae Maihi, Samuel Paynter, Tiraroa Reweti, Tracey Rigney
Eric Murray Lui, Ray Edwards
Mahuia Bridgeman Cooper
Roland Gallois
Costume Designers
Heather Wallace, Karla Urizar, Te Ura Hoskins
Production Designers
Guy Moana, Natalie Beak
Premiere Status
Victorian Premiere