Moa Ma Le Pinko (chicken and bingo)

2018/ 7 min / New zealand


A Samoan man grapples to come to terms with his mother's death and her burial wishes. A visit to the cemetery leads him to a blunt and eye-opening conversation with a Maori woman also grieving the loss of her mother. Moa Ma Le Pinko (Chicken and Bingo) takes a comedic look at death, grief and moving forward. Created in 72 hours for the Native Slam III filmmaking challenge at the Maoriland Film Festival.

Screening Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm

Amberly Jo Aumua (Samoan/Maori) is of Samoan and Māori descent from Manurewa, New Zealand. She is a writer/director who holds a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. Her first short film WAITING (2017) won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Best Student Film at the Show Me Shorts International Film Festival and was in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. It has currently screened in over 20 film festivals, most recently at the BFI London Film Festival. Her recent short film MOA MA LE PINKO (Chicken & Bingo) made with two other indigenous key creatives, was created as part of the Native Slam film challenge at Māoriland Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and was selected to screen at ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

She is currently researching and writing her feature film and working on other projects.