Year of Production: 2015
Kisik (Cree) and Anika (Māori) are two teenagers both wāhine toa with warrior spirits who use their creativity to create their own animated stories to empower indigenous young women, while celebrating the strength and beauty of being indigenous in this challenging world.
Meanwhile as the girls deal with normal teenage lives, their avatars are busy saving the world in animated and graphic novel form, taking on more serious issues such as colonisation, violence, drug abuse, food sustainability woven into corporate takeovers!
Kisik is a Cree/Metis, 3rd generation Urban Indigenous youth living in the Unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, in the city of Vancouver British Columbia. She is passionate about fighting for what she believes in.
A young advocate for clean water, equality for women and the fight against racism towards Indigenous people across the world; she is learning to use her passion and voice to make a difference. Her bond with her “big Sis” Anika has encouraged her to connect with her roots, be passionate about life and find her inner strength.
Anika Waikimihia affiliates to Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāpuhi. She was raised in Rotorua but spends a great deal of time in the Far North. Anika is bold and believes in standing up to racism and sexism.
Active in Kapa Haka, tikanga Māori and sports she is unafraid to speak her mind, perhaps a little too unafraid. Yet being a huge advocate of Māori food sovereignty she is just as much at home with her plants who don’t answer back. She is a loyal loving friend of her ‘little Sis’ Kisik and believes all indigenous girls everywhere should stand up and fight against colonisation and sexism.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Fierce Girls Media Inc
Coproduction Partner(s): Awatea Tech Ltd.