Guarding the Family Silver
(2005, 46 min.) NEW ZEALAND
Director: Toby Mills (Ngati Raukawa/Ngai te Rangi) and Moana Maniapoto
(Te Arawa/Ngati Tuwharetoa)
Moana Maniapoto, one of New Zealand’s most successful singers, discovers that a European company held the legal copyright on her name, Moana, a Maori word meaning ‘the ocean.’ This fascinating documentary explores her journey through the complexity of intellectual property rights to reclaim the rights to her name.
Image credit: Audience at Club Red Radio,
2000 Native American Film and Video Festival - photograph by Amalia Córdova,