At the hands of colonisation, Māori have been stripped of their language and their sense of belonging. For some, Te Reo Māori was not a core part of their upbringing, which can cause significant conflict with themselves and their Māoritanga (Māori identity). Our documentary aims to highlight this journey by showcasing the mamae (hurt) and illustrating the importance of reconnecting to Te Ao Māori.
'Reconnecting' is a raw and emotional short documentary exploring what it means to be Māori. It focuses on the journey of reclaiming a culture, through a kōhine named Mckenzie, who hasn't always embraced her Māoritanga. Never before heard stories of kaumātua who remain on their healing journey are told, and personal struggles are shared. Mckenzies story illustrates what many Māori aspire to achieve which is bringing back Te Reo Māori and tikanga to a new generation.