Heperi Mita – Director

Born into a movie making family, a career in the film industry was inescapable for director Heperi Mita - not that he didn't try.  His media career began in 2007, working in online journalism for the pulitzer prize winning Las Vegas Sun newspaper. He returned to his home country of Aotearoa / New Zealand in 2011, following the death of his mother - indigenous film making pioneer Merata Mita. It was here that he began his career as an archivist with Ngā Taonga sound and vision, the nation's film archive.  The combination of these experiences culminated in his directorial debut with documentary "Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen" which premiered at the New Zealand International film festival in 2018.