This is the story of a mother's struggle to raise two small
children alone while their father is in prison. Paradise knows the
world is not kind if you're young, Maori and poor. Her children
Mars and Venus trust her to make the best decisions for their small
family, and they remind her that if you turn your face towards the
sun, the shadows will fall behind you.
WHY IS THIS FILM IMPORTANT?
This short film has been inspired by countless mothers who grapple
with the realities of poverty and single parenthood. Welfare is
often not enough and many families have to make difficult decisions
to stay afloat. This is an important conversation, and we hope this
film encourages dialogue on Maori poverty and the
over-representation of Maori in prisons and crime.
THE WOMEN BEHIND THE FILM
From multi award-winning writer and director Hiona Henare (Uru,
Native In Nuhaka, Y2K), produced by Kath Akuhuta-Brown (Sunday Fun
Day, Laundry, Ara), and starring Ricky Lee Waipuka-Russell (Taika
Waititi's, Boy). Shooting will take place during April 2018 in
Horowhenua and Levin, the director's hometown.
Hiona Henare is a multi award-winning filmmaker and alumnu of the
prestigious Berlinale film talents programme. She is also recipient
of the Australian Solid Screen "Contribution to Screen Arts" award.
Former CEO of Nga Aho Whakaari, she has represented filmmakers on
the executive boards of Women in Film & Television, Nga Aho
Whakaari (Maori in Film & Television), Wairoa Maori Film
Festival and TeNati Tahitian Film Festival. Hiona has studied film
in Aotearoa, Australia, Canada, Germany and Serbia. In 2017 Hiona
spearheaded the international documentary project 'Spirit Women'
due for release on the Māori new year in 2018.
YOU CAN BE PART OF MAKING THIS FILM
I am Paradise has received a grant of $30,000 through the
New Zealand Film Commission's 2017 Short Film Fund (Fresh Shorts).
While this will go a long way towards covering our production
costs, the film needs a little extra boost.
Many short films are shot over a period of three days. However,
because we are working with children we will need to extend the
shoot to four days. As filmmakers we comply with the New Zealand
Film Industry regulations on working with children. Children are
permitted only to work for a maximum of six hours each work day
from the moment they leave home and until they return.
Additionally, some of our film crew will be traveling from
Auckland, Te Aroha and Napier and this will incur extra costs. The
funds raised through the Boosted campaign will be used to cover
rental on equipment and all the crew's fees and accommodation for
the extra day of shooting.
If you would like to support this project please donate. You can
also help to spread the word by following us on facebook and
sharing our posts with your friends and whanau.
Supporters will be invited to attend a special screening in
Wellington later in the year, when the film is complete.
Thank you for your support.
Be Who You Want to Be.
1 WEEK AGO
For all the young Mums out there that need empowerment and encouragement right now, we hope this video finds you.
Video update and 25% funded
1 WEEK AGO
Meet our amazing producer Kath.
It's not too late to give a small donation towards our crowd fund, only 7 days left!
Thank you to our donors Teresa McGregor, Debra Tanfield, Tanya Wheeler, Maraea Rakuraku, Rachel O’Neill, DJ Panda, Cushla Dillon, Alex Liu and our anonymous donors.
Video update: Diane and Mishana
1 WEEK AGO
Diane and Mishana bravely share their stories with us.
Video update with Ricky Lee
1 WEEK AGO
Actress Ricky Russell researches her role as a young Mum with a boyfriend in Prison.
3 WEEKS AGO
We're inviting others to join our campaign by sending us an
image using the #IAMPARADISE hashtag. Share a story with us too,
we'd love to hear your experiences.
Video update and 21% funded!
3 WEEKS AGO
Hiona and Ricky have been working hard to create behind the
scenes videos to share with everybody.
Thank you to all our wonderful donors: Brent
McGregor, Lissa McGregor, Corrina Sharee, Tracy Tawhiao, Anahera
Parata, Anne Rowntree, Lara Northcroft, Kim Webby, Mike
Jonathan, Julie Paama-Pengelly, Phoebe Fulton, Fiona
Apanui-Kupenga, Sarah Stone, Matthew Downes, Michael Hodder, Kim
Muriwai, Ruth Robertson-Taylor and all the anonymous
We are so grateful for your support, you've already helped us
reach 21 percent of our goal!
Location recce in the Horowhenua
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Director Hiona Henare and actress Ricky Lee Waipuka-Russell on
location recce in the Horowhenua - looking for Paradise...