WELLINGTON FILM SOCIETY
Next screening 5 Decemberat 6.15pm. (last until 2017)
Members ony. Memberships available before the screening.
Desk opens 5.45pm.
EVER THE LAND (Sarah Grohnet, NZ 2015) E
Ostensibly a film about the construction of the first ever "Living Building" in NZ, conceived as a testament to the values of the Tuhoe people and their vision forself-governance, Ever the Land was this and a whole more. The film begins with a narration that declares that the war between the fiercely independent Tuhoe and the crown to be a stalemate and though there be some who would wish the fight to continue, there are others who sense it is time to close the door on the past and open a new door to the future. The film ends with a moving apology from the crown for all the wrongs the Tuhoe people have been subjected to since colonisation. In between is a subtly drawn portrait of a people moving forward into the future, embracing modernity and the spirit of forgiveness. A beautifully constructed piece of observational cinema, it was a profound experience that deeply affected both my heart and mind. A testament to all the people of this special little nation, I left the cinema a little bit wiser and with a sense that I had been witness to something very special.
- Andrew Johnstone, Rip It Up, 18 July 2015.
Sleeping Rough: Paramount Cinema
UNICEF New Zealand and Film for Change Aotearoa are proud to present a series of films about child rights in New Zealand. The Paramount Cinema will host this collection of short films that explore the impact of child poverty from every angle. Film for Change Aotearoa has produced a series of two-minutes videos around the Wellington region that show the impact of poverty on children and families. The filmmakers and several voices from the films will be in attendance for a live Q&A. The evening also marks the world premiere of Sleeping Rough, a 14-minute documentary short about homelessness in New Zealand. The film was directed by filmmakers Tashima Richter, Caroline Goes and Joyce Chen, and shines a light on New Zealand's growing homelessness problem. Entry is FREE and open to all ages. Some of the films contain coarse langauge and strong themes, therefore parental guidance is advised. Seats are strictly limited. UNICEF New Zealand: https://www.unicef.org.nz/ Film for Change Aotearoa: http://filmforch