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All American HighAll American High (1985-2014)
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld
Excellent 'time-capsule' account of a year at an affluent American High School in Los Angeles, California in 1984. The film's key character is an exchange student from Finland, and she provides a perspective that offers the film its crucial balance and poignance, but recommended also for those looking…
A Flickering TruthA Flickering Truth (2015)
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
In documenting one man’s precarious quest to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in the post-Taliban Kabul, New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly poignantly unveils the ravaged heart of contemporary Afghanistan and its forgotten history.
Poi E: The Story of Our SongPoi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)
Dir. Te Arepa Kahi
An aptly feel-good documentary account of the unlikely pop hit that boldly mashed up "Kapa Haka" song tradition and Te Reo Maori lyrics with funky hip-hop and 80's technology to reach Number 1 on the NZ charts and outsell all-comers in 1984 before being enshrined as a cultural icon. Centred around the…
Free to RunFree to Run (2015)
Dir. Pierre Morath
The social history of running is chronicled with extraordinary passion and depth in this examination of the trajectory of running from an elitist, male-only stadium sport to a reflection of social liberation and equity, through to it's commercialisation as a branded, corporate-controlled phenomenon.
Merchants of Doubt, TheMerchants of Doubt, The (2014)
Dir. Robert Kenner
The director of FOOD INC. takes on corporate titans once again, here exposing their duplicitous agenda to mislead consumers on climate change using public relations tactics employed by the tobacco and chemical industries in the 1970s. Presaging the Trump era, before the term "alternative facts" entered…
Chasing AsylumChasing Asylum (2016)
Dir. Eva Orner
A hotly topical documentary exposing the real impact of Australia's offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became one where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. Featuring never before seen footage from inside…
National Bird: Drone WarsNational Bird: Drone Wars (2016)
Dir. Sonia Kennebeck
A chilling expose of America's modern warfare program in which the ethics and possibilities of a deadly new technology are being determined, with often catastrophic human costs. This doco follows three former drone operators as they struggle to come to terms with their part in murderous raids over…