When I agreed to attend this Symposium last weekend I had no previous knowledge of the organisers, E Tū Whānau, who else was going and what exactly I was going to get out of the whole event. Nevertheless, trusting in our organisation’s leader and mentor Tinmama ( I have to say she’s pretty up there on the trust scale), I made the trip down with Maha and Amina, representing The Youth Collective. What was to unfold was a wholesome exchange of culture, passions, and visions by rangatahi of New Zealand.
In Transit is a coming-of-age story that centres around young Ahmed, who was born to a Pākehā mother and African father, as he learns about and connects to his African heritage through the anecdotes of his father and his friends around him. The inter-generational and cultural tensions between child and parent are evident in the relationships of the young character Ahmed (Fathe Tesfamariam) and his friend Maisha (Sonaalofa Eliesa) and their parents.
I’ve had numerous conversations and debates with people about how various ethnic communities celebrate their heritage and mark special dates in Auckland. These conversations almost always include feelings of disappointment and frustration, most times on my part. Continue reading “Africa Day 2017 | community & cultural preservation”
YOU’VE WORKED WITH THE DOWNLOW CONCEPT BEFORE. DID THEY JUST CALL YOU UP AND ASK IF YOU WANTED TO PLAY GARY? OR WAS THIS DECIDED LONG BEFORE?
I worked with the Downlow for yonks. They got me to act in a comedy radio serial called “The Radio Station” about George FM. In 2006, we did a short film, The Tim Porch Story, which won the 48 Hour Film Festival. When they won, they were awarded an editing suite. Because I didn’t work with them, I made them a deal that I could use the editing suite whenever I wanted, so kind of ended up working with and for them. When they were writing the film, any time they were writing any film, I would wave my hands around and go “Hey, hey, I’m literally right in front of you”. So I kind of wheedled my way into every single thing they’ve done. They specifically wrote Gary of the Pacific for me because I was the most annoying person in the office.
In an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone, I try to say yes to opportunities that put me in unfamiliar and challenging situations. One of these opportunities came to fruition a few weeks ago at Silo Park with me performing in a Burundian dance group to showcase Iwacu (our place).
I never thought that of all people on this earth that Kylie Jenner’s words would resonate with me, but here I am at the beginning of 2017 reflecting on them.
It was a little awkward at first watching her trying but not being able to articulate what she was foreshadowing for 2016, but I guess if you really want to read into it ( I know I have) I believe that what she was saying was quite subjective.