Māori Television launches new season of films and documentaries


Tuesday Festival Documentaries premiere on April 9 at 8.30pm with THE COVE, the Academy Award winner for Best Documentary in 2009, which follows a team of activists, filmmakers and free-divers as they embark on a mission to penetrate Japan’s dolphin hunting culture.

Other international documentaries to feature in 2013 include John Pilger’s THE WAR ON DEMOCRACY and comedian Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR.

Saturday Night at the Movies kicks off on April 13 at the earlier timeslot of 7.30pm for the whole family to enjoy.  DRAGON: BRUCE LEE STORY is first up for the new season, followed by SPY KIDS 2 and 3, ELLA ENCHANTED and old favourite, LASSIE.

Sunday nights feature a brand new line-up of locally-made Pakipūmeka Aotearoa documentaries at 8.30pm, which explore contemporary issues ranging from crime and justice to the arts and the environment.

A hard-hitting, emotionally charged documentary on the Māori restorative justice model opens the season on April 14 at 8.30pm with RESTORING HOPE: AN INDIGENOUS RESPONSE TO JUSTICE.  

Sunday Cinema follows at 9.30pm, with titles including CRASH, BROKEN EMBRACES and PRECIOUS.

Settle in for the night with Māori Television every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from April for your fix of films, documentaries and features from here and around the world.