Taika Waititi encourages acknowledgment of indigenous people before filming

Headlines 28/01/2021

“I encourage all film makers to find and engage with First Nations peoples whenever shooting your films,” Taika Waititi writes on Instagram.

Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth are working on Thor’s next film (Thor : Love and Thunder) and have both shared pictures of a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony. Taika even encouraged other filmmakers to engage in meeting with indiginous people when filming in another country.

“It’s worth it and it’s the right thing to do. Mauri Ora!”

As it was also Australia Day, Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram to explain Invasion Day, encouraging that the date be changed.

“Let’s find a date where all Australians can celebrate this beautiful country together”

“Indigenous Australians may be just as proud of this country, but many see January 26th as a date signifying the beginning of dispossession, disease epidemics, frontier violence, destruction of culture, exploitation, abuse, separation of families and subjection to policies of extreme social control,” Chris Hemsworth put on Instagram.

Celebrities are praising the actors for their efforts to connect and understand the land and its culture before filming. International fans however don’t understand why there's no social distancing or masks.

Kiwis and Australians alike are replying to these posts and we think that commenter Hannah sums it up well! 

“Just to clarify for everyone Australia and NZ don't need to social distance or mask up because we have less then 100 community cases of covid combined. In New Zealand we literally only have one [community] case.”

We applaud Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth for sharing their ceremony with the world and encouraging others to do the same. We’re looking forward to seeing the next Thor in 2022!