Screeening: Dawn Raids & Blackbird

A free screening in response to Te Uru's exhibitions by Jasmine Togo-Brisby and Andrew Ananda Voogel, which look at the histories of indentured labour, black birding and slavery, and the subsequent impacts on global migration.

To launch these exhibitions, we present a day of discussion led by the documentary Dawn Raids (2005), introduced by former Polynesian Panther, Tigilau Ness, who features in the documentary and will perform songs from his recent Unity Pacific album, Blackbirder Dread. Produced in 2005, this programme examines the arrival of Pacific peoples in New Zealand as cheap labour and their subsequent victimisation by police in the notorious dawn raids of the 1970s.

Also screening is the short film Blackbird (2015), a story inspired by the little-known history of Australia’s ‘sugar slaves’, written and directed by Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi. Please also join us at 3.30pm, after the screenings, for an artist talk from Togo-Brisby and then to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions.

This programme has been put together especially for the Auckland Heritage Festival and is part of the opening programme for Togo-Brisby and Voogel's exhibitions. Dawn Raids (2005) is presented from material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Courtesy of Isola Productions and TVNZ. Blackbird screens courtesy of Director Amie Batalibasi and Pollywood Pasifika Film.

Image: Andrew Voogel, Colonial Immigration Forms

Saturday 24 September, 2pm