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Non-fiction features and programs, often stranger than fiction, and just as dramatic or comical…

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A Flickering TruthA Flickering Truth (2015)
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s moving portrayal of one man’s journey to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in post-Taliban Afghanistan, a journey that uncovers the very nearly forgotten history of his ravaged country.
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…
Act of KindnessAct of Kindness (2015)
Dir. Costa Botes, Sven Pannell
Charting the ripple effects of real compassion, this inspiring true story follows a spirited young New Zealander’s search for the Rwandan samaritan who assisted him through a dangerous predicament over ten years before.
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…