During our filming adventures we often come across valuable stories that will be lost to time once the knowledge holders pass away. We are slowly collecting these stories in the following project categories and in time we hope to share them with you.
Lost Graves Project
This video is a quick visual overview of our Lost Graves Project, a project run by volunteers. You can follow us on Facebook to keep up with the project.
Throughout New Zealand lie the graves of our ancestors. Many are forgotten and some are even lost. Archaeologists work relentlessly to ensure correct care is taken when new roads or developments unearth them. Some of our experts also work within established burial grounds to help map out vacant plots for new arrivals! Our historian and genealogist work together trying to identify who they were. Sometimes they can reveal their personal stories within the larger context of nationhood and identity. After all it’s many of their achievements we are still enjoying today.
Spirits of Rapa Nui
Ever since the first European sailors spotted Easter Island (Rapa Nui), its remoteness and enigmatic statues have captivated the world. For two weeks we hiked the Island exploring and filming what we discovered. This video is some of that research footage. We thank the people of Rapa Nui who were so helpful and generous with sharing their culture with us.
We are working on a documentary, ‘Spirits of Rapa Nui’, were we explore the links to the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, the Māori. We also explore why this culture that grew to such great heights of human achievement almost came to an end with only a few hundred survivors.
Explore ruins and learn about sacred relics from one of the most isolated Polynesian groups, the Rapa Nui. Find out why this land has fascinated people for hundreds of years, and still fascinates them today. We hike to ancient ruins that are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious in the world.
Wh0 inspires us
As you have fewer and fewer voices in a democracy, in a free society, it’s not good to limit the number of voices.
There may be a deceptively simply story that organises the film, but the story is being told because it reveals something more.
Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.