The NATIVE Slam is an international Indigenous collaboration challenge created by the Māoriland Charitable Trust. Each year, in the days leading up to Māoriland Film Festival, Indigenous filmmakers team up in New Zealand to make a short film. A NATIVE Slam team is made up of one Māori filmmaker host and two international Indigenous filmmakers. They have just 72 hours and no budget.
Since its inception in 2016, the Steambox Film Collective have participated in Native Slam, seventeen short films have been created that have played in film festivals around the world.
"Find your voice, speak your truth".
Mareikura (Native Slam 2019)
Written and Directed by: Steambox member Tihini Grant (Te Arawa Confederation of Tribes), Tristin Greyeyes (Cree Nation) and Alika Maikau (Kanaka Maoli)
A young woman must speak her truth when she is caught between two cultures.
Mareikura is a short film about the importance of finding your voice and speaking your truth. It is a crucial coming of age moment experienced by a young girl caught in a clash of cultural values. Anahera is a 14 year old who faces mounting pressure to receive ta moko as part of a cultural custom. The traditional ritual will show her commitment to serving her people. It will also mark her for life and affect the way she’s perceived in society. We meet the teen as she is struggling to reconcile the desire to honour her ancestors with the fear of how she will be received in society. The internal conflict boils over as she nears the point of no return.