Indigenous issues web series to launch in June

May 30, 2018
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May 30, 2018 Admin

Indigenous issues web series to launch in June

 (Māori Television, NZ) A Rotorua-based NZ digital production team are working in conjunction with an international production group from Canada to make a high end digital web and social media series aimed at empowering indigenous young women.

A group of wāhine Māori animators are helping to co-create an international web series which comprises 30 episodes.  Chanz Mikaere, NZ spokesperson for the series says:

“Having an ability to tell stories across continents, across mediums, across social media platforms- which is quite frankly where story telling seems to be going.  It’s wonderful to have whakairo and raranga – it’s great to have platforms in these digital forums for our kids”.

The series is about Anika and Kisik a Canadian Cree First Nations girl.

Fierce is a response to an empty space when it comes to providing storytelling for indigenous girls all around the world, things whereby we can have visual arts, social change, technology [and] story-telling all intersect but use that as a means to actually inspire rangatahi,” says Mikaere.

The project is created by international award-winning indigenous showrunner, filmmaker Loretta Todd.

We were able to get an amazing communication across both countries,” says Mikaere, “That’s been quite a challenge because while some might be having a hui at 1am others might be animating at 1pm so it’s that cohesiveness of the project- getting it to actually work across the world using the internet”.

The web series will launch in June.