Street Smart

Street Smart opens our eyes to Regina Tito’s experience living on the streets of Wellington; how she saw herself and how she believed the public saw her. Born from those experiences, Regina expresses a unique and largely ignored perspective on homelessness in Aotearoa, offering an insight into a community growing at an alarming rate. This is one woman’s personal perspective of a very real issue, which is being largely ignored by the general public.

  • Leigh Minarapa
    Street Smart
  • Nathaniel Lees
    The Orator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
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Distribution Information
  • TVNZ on demand
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Leigh Minarapa

Leigh Minarapa began her tertiary studies at Victoria University of Wellington where she later attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies. Leigh’s first introduction in the film industry was as a Production Assistant in a feature documentary titled Nga Reo o Te Whenua. Since then she has worked in Production on a range of projects including features, short films and music videos. She is currently a Production Manager for Awa Films.

She also has a huge interest in theatre, film photography and script writing.

This is Leigh’s first short film as a director.

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Director Statement

When I returned to Wellington after spending a year away I was shocked and saddened by the increasing numbers of homeless. What stunned me even more was the lack of empathy and understanding towards these individuals. When ‘change’ was chosen as the theme for Loading Docs this year, I knew that this was the type of change I wanted to urge.

Street Smart encourages audiences to look beyond the stigma of homelessness and see them for who they are – humans in need of understanding and aroha.

The team and myself have found the Loading Docs initiative to be hugely rewarding. Our goal was to not only tell a very important story, but to also stay true to who we are as artists – all of which Loading Docs supported wholeheartedly.