Planet Indigenus Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre (Six Nations Reserve, Brantford), August 20-22 Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Now in its second event-crammed weekend, Planet IndigenUs floods Harbourfront with dance, music, readings and film by aboriginal artists from Aotearoa to Zimbabwe. Tomorrow (Friday, August 20) at Harbourfront, Taika Waititi's sweet short, Two Cars, One Night (8 pm, Studio Theatre) compresses a whole zeitgeist into 13 minutes of conversation between two kids in a parking lot.
It's followed at 8:15 by Hotere, filmmaker Merata Mita's documentary on the reclusive Maori artist.
Hotere has observed that "there is very little I could say about my art that would be better than saying nothing." True to form, he scarcely appears in this documentary, and the commentary on his work by fellow artists tends to vindicate his reticence.
His politically charged banners printed with poetry, his painstaking, minimalist high-gloss murals, his massive, meticulous sculptures in wood and corrugated iron have influenced a generation of New Zealand artists. The film is an effective teaser, making you want to see his work in person, unmediated by restless cameras, patchy soundtracks or reverential voice-overs.