2 Oct 2014

Mita's life to be celebrated on film

6:41 pm on 2 October 2014

The life of influential film-maker Merata Mita is being made into a documentary film, to be directed by her son.

Te Taki A Merata Mita - How Mum Decolonised the Screen would be a retrospective look at her life and what influenced her.

Ms Mita, of Ngati Pikiao and Ngai Te Rangi, was the first woman in New Zealand to solely write and direct a dramatic feature film, Mauri, in 1988.

After more than 20 years of making films, she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 before her death five months later in May. She was 67.

Her son, Heperi Mita, will receive nearly $400,000 in funding from the Film Commission and New Zealand On Air.

The documentary will focus on Ms Mita's work as a film-maker, mother, activist, feminist and teacher. It will have a cinema release and also screen on Maori Television.