The latest Loading Docs season titled Tumanako/Hope is set to premiere online on August 26. Eight short documentaries make up the collection, including films made by our members director Mia Maramara and producer/editor Bianca Delalic.

Mia Maramara directed Only Human, which follows the youngest liberal daughter of an old-fashioned father, who can no longer accept their irreconcilable differences. In this personal story, she has to decide whether to cut her father out of her life for good.

Only Human by Mia Maramara

Bianca Delalic is the producer of When Nobody Was Looking, a short documentary about Dr. Oliver Sutherland who discovers disturbing cases of abused children in state care, including imprisonment and torture of children as young as nine. Fighting a racist system, this insect scientist stands up to expose abuse in the notorious Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital, but will justice ever be served?

Dr. Oliver Sutherland is the subject of When Nobody Was Looking. Photo: Sally Symes, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections

Co-founded by DEGNZ member Julia Parnell, Loading Docs is a unique initiative that produces short documentaries that captivate and inspire audiences locally and internationally, while developing and promoting New Zealand filmmaking talent.

Director and member Mia Maramara’s project Only Human is part of season 8 of the award-winning Loading Docs initiative. Only Human is an animated short film that asks the question: Is it possible to break up with your family?

They say you can’t choose your family, but can you overcome irreconcilable differences with those you love the most? The youngest daughter of an unconventional Filipino family explores the complexities of communicating across countries, generations and the internet.

Starting with crowdfunding campaigns, Loading Docs has announced eight new short documentaries by eight filmmaking teams. Brought together under the theme of Tūmanako/Hope, Loading Docs invites audiences to get behind the crowdfunding stage by supporting the creation of important Aotearoa stories. In a time of upheaval, filmmakers have opted to make documentary projects with themes that are personal to them.

But first, the filmmakers must raise $3,500 on homegrown website to unlock further funding from Loading Docs. It’s an all or nothing campaign running from today until April 15. If filmmakers don’t raise the funds, the documentary won’t get made. To find out more visit: