In documenting one manís 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.
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…
Charting the ripple effects of real compassion, this inspiring true story follows a spirited young New Zealanderís search for the Rwandan samaritan who assisted him through a dangerous predicament over ten years before.
A precarious friendship develops between two first-time single mothers - one a taxi-driver and girl racer, the other a pianist and gardener - who share a room in a post-natal ward and confront the respective truths of the paternity of their newborn babies.
An earnest and brave feature that will strike an…
Finely judged adaptation of Eleanor Catton's debut novel follows a young Auckland drama student desperate to impress his tutor, who mines a scandal engulfing his girlfriend's family for acting material.
Utterly engrossing documentary from Kiwi journo David Farrier, who stumbles into the bizarre world of "competitive tickling" that leads him on an investigative trail towards something much more pervasive and sinister.
Unique in subject, but following a path established by cautionary internet docos like…
A valuable historical documentary tracing the remarkable shifts in educational philosophy in New Zealand during the post WWII years, in which rote-learning was replaced with an arts-oriented, thoroughly bi-cultural education system.