Doc Edge Festival 2023

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18th Edition

71 Films

22 XR Projects

6 Archive Radio Documentaries

1 Photography Exhibition

47 Days

Helen Clark

It’s my pleasure to welcome you all to Doc Edge Festival 2023.

As the Festival’s patron, I am honoured to be supporting an event which celebrates the power of documentary filmmaking. I remember officiating at the inauguration of this festival back in 2005, amidst a busy election campaign, because I am passionate about the importance of documentaries.

Documentaries are more than just films; they are windows into the real world, shedding light on important issues and sparking conversations for positive change. They inspire, educate, and challenge our perspectives.

Over the years, Doc Edge Festival has grown into a vital platform for filmmakers from around the world, showcasing diverse perspectives and fostering understanding. I urge you to embrace the spirit of the festival, engage with the thought-provoking films and discussions, and be inspired by the incredible work of the talented filmmakers.

Welcome to Doc Edge 2023 – a documentary festival like no other.

Doc Edge is the home for storytelling that changes your world. Our kaupapa is to celebrate, support and showcase documentary.

Embracing the evolving landscape of global film festivals, Doc Edge is boldly establishing itself as a must-attend hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual screenings. This innovative approach allows people from all over Aotearoa, New Zealand, to connect with the festival and experience the powerful stories of our world.

“Documentaries not only entertain us but also have the power to encourage debate and inspire real change. This year’s line-up promises to pack a punch.”

I extend my gratitude to the organisers and sponsors for making Doc Edge Festival 2023 a reality. Let us come together as a community of change-makers, celebrating the art of documentary and striving towards a more just and inclusive world.


Our students help Doc Edge bring important stories to the screen

Interested in storytelling, media, communications or screen production? Find out how our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes can kick-start your career.

Laurencio Yusuf Doc Edge Intern & BA Student Zita Short Doc Edge Intern & BA Student Rinka Ho Doc Edge Intern & BA Student Belle Tabthipwatana Doc Edge Industry Engagement Coordinator & BA Graduate

Welcome from Festival Team

The Doc Edge Festival 2023 is a celebration of the power of documentary storytelling and the human connection. The festival promises a diverse and engaging programme that reflects our collective desire to reconnect with the world around us. Attendees can participate in person at our cinemas in Auckland and Wellington or join us online from anywhere in New Zealand.

The festival’s tagline of “Life Unscripted” celebrates the raw, unfiltered beauty of real life through the lens of documentary cinema. The line-up features world premieres, thought-provoking discussions, inspiring exhibitions, and an engaging school programme.

The festival provides an opportunity to meet local and international filmmakers who have poured their hearts and souls into their documentaries. Through Q&A sessions, attendees can gain a deeper understanding of their craft and vision. The XR Exhibition pushes the boundaries of storytelling in the digital age, transporting attendees to new worlds and challenging their perceptions of reality.

The industry forum is a highlight of the festival, bringing together professionals from the film industry to discuss the cutting edge of today’s documentary and screen sector. This is a valuable opportunity for networking, learning, and exchanging ideas with fellow industry members.

The festival pays tribute to the legendary photographer Ans Westra, whose ground-breaking work has captured the essence of New Zealand and its people for decades. Additionally, the Doc Edge Superhero award will be presented to Annie Goldson, whose powerful and thought provoking documentaries have made a significant impact on social and political issues.

The schools programme inspires enquiring minds, good citizenship, and educates the next generation of documentary filmmakers. Through special screenings and discussions, the programme fosters a love for documentary storytelling among rangatahi and empowers them to tell their own stories.

The Doc Edge Festival 2023 is made possible by the unwavering support of sponsors, partners, and the entire Doc Edge community. The new Doc Edge Membership provides exclusive benefits and discounts throughout the year, and attendees are encouraged to become members.

As the festival approaches its 20th anniversary, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has selected Doc Edge to be part of the Major Events Incubator, creating economic major events for the benefit of our country and wider ecosystem. This supports the festival’s vision of elevating Doc Edge and Aotearoa to the Asia-Pacific hub for documentary.

Join us at the Doc Edge Festival 2023 and celebrate Life Unscripted, reconnect with the world, and enjoy the rich tapestry of stories waiting to be discovered.


Judy Bailey

Kia ora koutou. A warm welcome to this, the 18th Doc Edge Festival.

Documentaries not only entertain us but also have the power to encourage debate and inspire real change. This year’s line-up promises to pack a punch.

Among the films on offer is ‘Deep Rising’ about the fate of the planet’s last untouched wilderness, the deep ocean, which is under threat, as a secretive organisation seeks to allow massive mining of the seabed to address the world’s energy crisis. And ‘Make People Better’ which investigates the disappearance of a trailblazing Chinese scientist and warns of a future where rival governments and corporations compete to make designer babies the new normal.

Neil Waka

privileged to be invited to the 2022 Doc Edge Film Festival which showcased some of the most outstanding documentaries by some extraordinary film makers from around the world.

As a television news reporter / anchor of more than 30 years, I have always loved the opportunity and privilege to engage with people from all walks of life and professions. Speaking with film makers is no different as we delve into their life and experiences.

There is nothing like the shared experience of watching a film together in an atmosphere filled character cinema. This year the festival returns to the iconic Roxy in Wellington and The Capitol in Auckland. You will also find us online at with a new, streamlined digital offering, from 19 June till 9 July.

I’d really encourage you to make it to the live screenings if you can so you can meet some of the filmmakers in person and they will happily respond to any questions you may have.

Take time also, to explore film in a new interactive way and immerse yourself in Doc Edge’s XR Exhibition where you’ll see innovative and experimental works by a raft of local and international artists.

This is a festival for our times: Ukrainian journalists trapped for twenty days in the siege of Mariupol document their struggle, there’s a struggle too, against

white supremacy in the Trump era, we follow the community response after New Zealand’s greatest environmental disaster, and we learn how a small coastal community reclaimed its beach using indigenous knowledge. The subjects are many and varied but they all promise to be engaging and to make us think.

I hope you will encourage your friends to join you.

The Offering of Q &A’s with the filmmakers is a special part of Doc Edge. Unpacking a filmmaker’s journey into the field and their choice of subject matter adds important context to the documentaries themselves. Q&As are a fantastic way to grasp the real life stories behind those real life stories on screen.

I am proud to be an ambassador of Doc Edge, not only for the incredible documentaries they showcase and bring to the market, but also because they are a great team to work with. They’re hard working and passionate about their purpose, which is to ensure audiences get to enjoy and experience some of the best documentariers being made around the world today.

See you at the theatre!

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Thank You To Our Partners

Gold Silver Bronze Funders
Principal Partner

Celebrate the Winners

Awards are a celebration of the vital work of exceptional filmmakers who tell stories from our backyard and around the world.

Doc Edge Festival 2023 Oscar-qualifying awards night will be held on Saturday, 3 June 2023 in Auckland.

The 2023 Jury members are Aroha Awarau, Francis Valentine, Jenny Ross, Kate Cresswell, Kathryn Graham, Lanita Ririnui, Mike Hutcheson, Roger Wylie and Simon O’Connor.


Best Feature

Best Director

Best Short

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Sound

Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker


Being Oneself

Crime & Conspiracy

Fighting Spirit

Making An Impact

Our World, Our Stories

The Art of Storytelling

Content 2 Welcome 9 Ticketing Information 10 Venues 14 Films by Category 34 Festival Timetable 58 XR Exhibition 66 Index 14 Being Oneself 38 The Art of Storytelling 22 Fighting Spirit 48 Shorts 18 Crime & Conspiracy 42 Our World, Our Stories 26 Making An Impact 58 XR Exhibition

Ticketing Information

We are excited to announce that all ticketing for both in-cinema and virtual cinema screenings will be done in one place this year, through our Doc Edge website. This makes it easier than ever to secure your tickets and plan your festival experience.

In Cinema Ticket Prices

Full............................................................... $25

Concession $21

Available for students, seniors 60+, and community services cardholders. Appropriate card and/or proof of age required.

Doc Edge Members $17.50 30% off, use your membership number on the film page.

5 Pass $100 20% off, save $25, valid for up to 5 films with max 2 tickets per film.

10 Pass ................................................... $187.50 25% off, save $62.50, valid for up to 10 films with max 2 tickets per film.

Virtual Cinema Ticket Prices

Full................................................................ $21

Concession $17 Available for students, seniors 60+, and community services cardholders. Appropriate card and/or proof of age required.

Doc Edge Members $14.70 30% off, use your membership number on the film page.

5 Pass .......................................................... $84 20% off, valid for any 5 films.

10 Pass ................................................... $157.50 25% off, valid for any 10 films.

Short Films Pass ......................................... $50

Watch all 32 short films.

Full Binge Pass $399

Watch all 71 films. All films are automatically added to your cart.

Members Binge Pass ................................ $299

Watch all 71 films, Use your membership number to buy the pass. All films are automatically added to your cart.

Gift Vouchers:

Give an unforgettable Doc Edge experience to your nearest and dearest. Gift Vouchers are available at any value, and can be redeemed for Doc Edge festival tickets, passes or memberships.

Doc Edge Members:

As a special perk, Doc Edge Members receive the guaranteed lowest ticket prices along with exclusive benefits. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to become one today to enjoy discounted ticket prices and other privileges.

Cashless Festival:

Doc Edge is a cashless event. We encourage you to pre purchase tickets online. Cards only accepted at cinemas.

Allocated Seating: All cinema seats at the festival are allocated, you can choose your preferred seat when booking your tickets.

Accessible Seating:

If you require accessible seating or have any other special seating requirements, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you in making the necessary arrangements for a comfortable and enjoyable festival experience.

Ticketing Enquiries: For any ticketing enquiries, please contact us via email at or by phone on 09 360 0329. Our friendly team will be happy to assist you.

Visit the Doc Edge website for the Festival’s associated events:

• XR Exhibition

• Schools Programme

• Awards

• Pitch & Forum (industry events)

• Ans Westra Photo Exhibition

Access, stream or cast films using the Doc Edge Apps

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Auckland Venue

Eating and Drinking

You can enjoy a pre-show drink in the Cinema bar.

The Capitol Cinema

The Capitol Cinema

Built in 1922, Balmoral’s heritage-listed Capitol is Auckland’s second oldest cinema. Renovated most recently in 2009, the cosy 130-seat cinema is plush with large comfortable seating and original decor. The Capitol screens the best in new release arthouse films together with upmarket commercial releases, regular special film events and festivals.

The cinema is licensed and supports local wines, craft beers, a selection of imported brands, six different types of gin and a range of sodas and tonic water. The candy bar also offers hand-rolled, organic Little Island ice creams.

Booking and Ticket Information

Tickets can be booked via the Doc Edge website . The Doc Edge box office will be located downstairs during festival time.


Access For Patrons with Disabilities - Currently it is not possible to install wheelchair access into our cinema. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience.


Screenings will start as scheduled. Latecomers will not be permitted entry once a screening has commenced. Please turn off all electronic devices prior to the start.

Any recordings and photography are strictly prohibited.

Parking and Transport

There is free street parking available near the cinema on Rocklands Ave and on Wiremu Street. Alternatively, there is a paid Secure Parking lot behind the cinema (in the old Warehouse car park).

If you're bussing to the Capitol, the 25B and 25L stops right outside and the OuterLink and 650 stop nearby on Balmoral Road.

For other parking options please visit:

Public Transport

Visit Auckland Transport or download the AT app to see what public transport options are available.

610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland 1041

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Wellington Venue

Eating and Drinking

You can enjoy a pre-show drink in the theatre bar, or for something a bit more substantial, Coco at The Roxy is Miramar’s leading dining destination serving award-winning dishes and cocktails. For reservations, phone 04 388 5555 or email

Parking and Transport

The Roxy Cinema

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s movie-making capital, Miramar, Wellington, this gorgeous art deco cinema theatre, multi-arts venue and restaurant, is one of the city’s leading attractions.

This versatile multi-arts venue now boasts state of the art sound design and projection technology, two luxurious theatres (capacity 164 & 55), generous Italian leather seats and the ability to enjoy wine and snacks while you watch, making this a very special film experience.

Booking and Ticket Information

Tickets can be booked via the Doc Edge website . The Doc Edge box office will be located upstairs in the Grand Foyer of The Roxy during festival time.

There is unrestricted car parking space on nearby Tahi Street, and further north on Park Road. There are 30-minute parking spaces directly outside the building. Buses 2, 30x and 31x all depart from Courtney Place (CBD) and go directly to The Roxy. The trip takes roughly 25 minutes but allow time for traffic and delays. For more information & bus timetables head to


Screenings at The Roxy are in Cinema One upstairs, and Cinema Two on the ground level. Screenings will start as scheduled. Latecomers will not be permitted entry once a screening has commenced. Please turn off all electronic devices prior to the start. Any recordings and photography are strictly prohibited.


To book wheelchair access please contact Doc Edge on 09 360 0329.

Be sure to specifically request wheelchair seats. Companion seats are available for those booking wheelchair spaces. A hearing loop is available; please notify staff on arrival. A photo ID is required for the use of hearing aid equipment. There are two mobility car parks at the front of the building.

5 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022
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The Roxy Cinema

Auckland Exhibition Venue

Free Exhibition Schedule, Booking & Ticket Information

Auckland Central City Library

Auckland Central City Library Tamaki Pataka Korero

11 May Auckland Central Library, - 4 June: 44/46 Lorne Street

11 May – 24 May: Doc Edge XR Exhibition: Intro to Digital Storytelling and Immersive Experiences.

25 May – 28 May: XR Exhibition Launch of XR Collection # 1 -Perspectives: Identity, Sustainability & Environment and Untold Stories

31 May – 4 June: XR Exhibition Launch of XR Collection #2 - Perspectives - Finding Self, Culture & Society and Untold Stories

The Auckland Central City Library has a strong community focus, offering many opportunities to join in events and activities. These include author talks, book clubs, kids’ storytimes, school holiday programmes, concerts and heritage exhibitions.

You will find extensive collections of fiction, non-fiction, magazines, music, and much more to satisfy all your requests. Members and visitors benefit from the free access to computers and WiFi, and comfortable seating areas for your research, study or leisure reading.

For all Schedule and ticketing information go to

The XR Exhibition is free and open to the public. During the activation time of the Exhibition Doc Edge will be running hosted sessions. The Schedule for these sessions will be posted on our website.

From 25th May – 04 June there will be some experiences where we offer the ability to book and secure a free ticket, as capacity of these sessions will be limited and to reduce wait time and queuing. These sessions along with tickets will be announced on our website and can be found on the above url.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9am - 8pm Saturday – Sunday 10am - 5pm


The path to the main entrance is level and accessible, Automatic doors, Accessible toilet

Parking and Transport

Central City Library has three Mobility parking spaces on Rutland Street right next to the library building.

For more information about parking we recommend the Auckland Transport website. Go to AT’s Auckland Central parking page. For public transport visit Auckland Transport or download the AT app to see what public transport options are available.

44/46 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

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Wellington Exhibition Venue

Free Exhibition Schedule, Booking & Ticket Information

113 Taranaki Street

Doc Edge Pop Up Exhibition

12 June - 18 June: 113 Taranaki Street

This Pop-up Gallery space is provided by Urban Dream Brokerage.

Urban Dream Brokerage provides space for new community building ideas from artists, creatives and social practitioners in our cities.

For all Schedule and ticketing information go to

The XR Exhibition is free and open to the public. During the activation time of the Exhibition Doc Edge will be running hosted sessions. The schedule for these sessions will be posted on our website.

From 12 – 18 June there will be some experiences where we offer the ability to book and secure a free ticket, as capacity of these sessions will be limited and to reduce wait time and queuing. These sessions along with tickets can be booked on the Doc Edge website.


The path to the main entrance is level and accessible

Parking and Transport

The building is near the corner of Vivian Street and is close to bus stops. There is a parking building on 68 Taranaki Street, Te Aro.

For public transport options visit


Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
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Films that explore the multifaceted nature of identity, from the challenges of deep fake technology and the search for lost loved ones, to the complexities of intersex identity and the struggles of female filmmakers. Each film offers a unique perspective on the journey of self-discovery and the importance of embracing one’s true self in a world that often imposes societal norms and expectations.

Another Body

Her Face, His Lies

Is AI our friend? College student, Taylor, finds her world unravelling when she discovers deepfakes of herself being circulated on the internet. Through a combination of candid video diaries, synthetic media, and 2D and 3D animation, the film takes viewers on a journey through Taylor’s online and offline worlds, highlighting the devastating impact of deepfakes on individuals. This is a personal and compelling story by directors Compton and Hamlyn that humanises the issue of deepfakes and raises awareness about the prevalence of this disturbing trend in our modern society.

BEING ONESELF AKL WLG The Capitol, Tue 30 May, 6pm The Roxy, Tue 13 June, 6pm
Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn / 2023 / 80min / USA, UK Asia Pacific Premiere

Jane Campion, The Cinema Woman

Breaking the rules, redefining cinema.

A pioneer among filmmakers, Jane Campion was the first woman to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes, for The Piano, and last year won Best Director at the Academy Awards for The Power of The Dog. In 40 years of work, she has carved out a unique place for herself in the traditionally masculine pantheon of cinema. A visual and iconoclastic director, a subtle portraitist of the human soul and women, Campion is also a furtive filmmaker, at once discreet and whimsical, gentle, and impertinent, and at times misunderstood. For the first time director Bertuccelli draws the portrait she deserves, in a film that is unapologetically subjective and offbeat, very much mirroring Campion’s own trailblazing journey in cinema and life.

Pacific Mother

We are all connected, parents, babies, ocean and the earth.

As freediving couple Sachiko Fukumoto and William Trubridge navigated maternity systems for the birth of their first child, it awoke in them a fierce realisation about the lack of choice many parents face. Following the success of her short documentary ‘Water Baby’, director McRae follows Sachiko as she connects with ocean women from around the Pacific, from Hawai’i, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Through their interwoven stories, the film explores the importance of community, reclaiming traditional birthing knowledge and the connection between caring for the planet and nurturing both parents and their children.

Katherine McRae / 2023 / 88min / NZ, Japan World Premiere
AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Fri 2 June, 8.30pm The Roxy, Sun 18 June, 7.30pm
The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 4.45pm The Roxy, Thu 8 June, 6pm

Sam Now

Finding Love, Healing Wounds: A Family’s Journey.

Director Harkness and his half brother go on a search for their long-lost mother. Using every video format possible, including a vast 25 years of footage of their family, he crafts a film that is part love letter and part mystery. He weaves together a mosaic of the Harkness family’s past, present and future, exploring themes of love, loss, and intergenerational trauma. This inventive film has been praised for its heartwarming storytelling and is a testament to perseverance in the face of uncertainty.

Sex with Sue

Breaking taboos with Canada’s Granny Sexologist.

Director Rideout chronicles the groundbreaking career of sexologist and television personality Sue Johanson. Through interviews with Johanson and archival footage from her hit TV show, the film delves into the taboo subject of sexuality and the way in which a senior television personality challenged societal norms by openly discussing sex on national television. It examines the lasting impact of Johanson’s work, as she continues to inspire a new generation of sex educators and advocates. She is an entertainer and pulls no punches in her show. This is also a reminder of the importance of open and honest conversations about sex and sexuality.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Fri 26 May,
6pm The Roxy, Sat 10 June, 4.45pm
The Capitol, Sun 4 June, 3.30pm The Roxy, Sun 18 June, 5.30pm Asia Pacific Premiere Australasia Premiere

Who I Am Not

Beyond Binary: The Intimate Struggle of Living In-Between.

The life of Sharon Rose Khumalo, a South African beauty queen, was thrown into disarray when she discovered that she was intersex. This surprising revelation led her to further explore her own identity, while also questioning why society places so much importance on gender signifiers. With the help of Dimakatso Sebidi, a male-presenting intersex activist, she begins to break down the barriers that intersex people face. The film offers up an intimate portrait of its subject’s life and provides members of a persecuted minority with a much-needed public platform.

Tünde Skovrán / 2023 / 105min / Romania, Canada AKL WLG The Capitol, Thu 25 May, 8.30pm The Roxy, Mon 12 Jun, 8.15pm
Asia Pacific Premiere

Films that offer a gripping exploration of the darker side of human nature, uncovering secrets, unraveling mysteries, and delving into the complexities of crime and conspiracy. From espionage to human rights violations, from tragic events to high-stakes investigations, each film offers a unique perspective on the intricate and intriguing world of crime and conspiracy.

A Compassionate Spy

Love, loyalty, and a life of secrets.

Acclaimed director and Doc Edge Superhero

James’s latest film tells the true story of Ted Hall, an 18-year-old Harvard undergraduate recruited in 1944 as the youngest physicist on the Manhattan Project. After the successful detonation of the world’s first atomic bomb, Hall became increasingly concerned about the potential for nuclear catastrophe and began passing key information about the bomb’s construction to the Soviet Union. Living under FBI surveillance and intimidation, he and his wife Joan raised a family while he refocused his scientific brilliance on ground breaking biophysics research. James explores the twists and turns of this real-life spy story and its profound impact on nuclear history, while celebrating the remarkable love and life of the couple during more than 50 years of marriage.

Steve James / 2022 / 101min / USA, UK AKL WLG The Capitol, Sun 28 May, 8.30pm The Roxy, 10 June, 10.15am Australasia Premiere

All Static & Noise

Silenced no more.

A powerful film exposing the mass atrocities committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghur and Kazakh minorities in Western China. The film features testimonies and stories from survivors and their families who have been subjected to China’s network of “re-education camps.” Through the stories of Jewher, a Uyghur teenager who is violently separated from her father, and Abduweli, a linguist and poet who was imprisoned and tortured, the film highlights the moral dilemma faced by those who want to speak out against the state-sponsored oppression but fear the safety of their families. Director Novack gives us a poignant reminder of the need for global awareness and action in the face of human rights violations.

Iron Butterflies

What really happened to MH-17?

The tragic incident of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board, is the focus of director Liubyi’s film. It not only sheds light on the reality of the attack but also examines the possible consequences for the ongoing war in Donbas and the West’s relationship with Russia. Despite voluminous evidence, including physical artifacts like butterfly-shaped shrapnel found in the bodies of the pilots, the Russian government and media immediately denied the truth. The film presents the power of truth in the face of propaganda, and the implications of not confronting it in a world where violence is defended by lies.

Will the families of the victims ever see justice?

Supported by

Roman Liubyi / 2023 / 84min / Ukraine, Germany
8.30pm The Roxy, Fri 9 June, 6pm The
6.30pm The
Sun 18 June, 3.30pm
Capitol, Thu 1 June,
Capitol, Thu 25 May,
World Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere

A life cut short. A legacy that lives on.

Lyra McKee, a committed journalist and activist for LGBTQ+ rights, was born in Northern Ireland during the period known as the “ceasefire baby” generation. Tragically, at the young age of 29, she was shot while covering a riot in Derry. Director Millar offers an intimate and powerful exploration of the state of “post-conflict” Northern Ireland, a quarter-century after the signing of the Good Friday Agreements. Through McKee’s life and death, the film sheds light on the ongoing struggle for peace and understanding in a region still grappling with its troubled past.

Make People Better

Playing God has a price.

In 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui made history by creating the world’s first genomeedited babies, altering the genetic structure of embryos. This experiment, supported by China’s government and top U.S. scientists, caused an international uproar and led to his disappearance as well as the twin girls whose genes he had edited. Director Sheehy’s thriller uncovers the unknown story behind this controversial event, featuring whistle-blower testimony, never-before-seen interviews with Dr. He, and a glimpse into a future where designer babies are the new norm, and rival governments and corporations compete to create them.

4.45pm The Roxy,
10 June, 2.45pm The
6.45pm The
10 June, 6.45pm
Capitol, Sat 27 May,
Capitol, Sat 27 May,
Roxy, Sat
Asia Pacific Premiere Australasia Premiere

One Bullet

One bullet, two cup of tea at a time.

Oscar and BAFTA winning Director Dysinger spent 15 years in and out of Afghanistan capturing stories of America’s longest war. “Camp Victory” revealed the complex relationship between the Afghan Army and American troops sent to train them. An investigation into the shooting of a young boy in Kabul triggered the making of “One Bullet” an intimate exploration of one civilian casualty. What begins as procedural turns into something more intimate as Dysinger and the boy’s mother become friends, despite everything that should divide them. But then come the Taliban. This is a war story unlike any other.

The Thief Collector

A real-life whodunnit that will astound you.

Director Otto explores the fascinating story of the theft and recovery of Willem de Kooning’s “Woman Ochre” painting. She follows the journey of how Rita and Jerry Alter, two teachers, walked into a museum in 1985 and left with the rolled-up artwork, now worth $160m. After remaining missing for over thirty years, the painting was found in a small New Mexico town by three honest house clearance men who bought it with the estate’s household contents. Through interviews and expert analysis, the entertaining and funny film delves into the thieves’ motives, the methods used to recover the painting, and the theft’s lasting impact on the art world. A captivating true crime story that sheds light on the intriguing world of art theft and recovery.

Dysinger Allison Otto / 2022 / 95min / USA AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Fri 2 June, 6pm The Roxy, Thu 8 June, 8.15pm The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 7pm The Roxy, Sat 17 June, 10.30am NZ Premiere World Premiere

Films that celebrate the indomitable human spirit and shines a light on the struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices of those who fight against injustice, discrimination, and oppression. Through powerful storytelling and compelling performances, each film portrays the resilience, courage, and determination of individuals and communities who refuse to back down in the face of adversity, inspiring audiences with their unwavering fighting spirit.

African Moot

It takes a competition to cross borders.

Director Seedat’s powerful film offers a glimpse into the annual mock trial contest held for human rights law students from top universities across Africa. The film showcases the passion and determination of these bright young students as they argue cases related to refugee law. Through their arguments, the film highlights the potential of Africa’s future legal thought leaders and their role in shaping the continent’s legal landscape. The cases presented are both challenging and inspiring, offering a window into the frustration and optimism of these students as they strive to win the competition. This is a thoughtprovoking and compelling film that sheds light on the importance of legal education and advocacy in Africa.

Shameela Seedat / 2022 / 85min / South Africa AKL WLG The Capitol, Tue 30 May, 4pm The Roxy, Tue 13 June, 4pm NZ Premiere

Gumbo Coalition

Two heroes fighting for racial equity and social justice.

Director Kopple’s verité-driven film follows two social justice leaders, Marc Morial of the National Urban League and Janet Murguía of Unidos US, as they strive to dismantle structural racism facing their African American and Latinx American communities. Against the backdrop of the Trump administration and a resurgence of white supremacy, the two-time Academy Award-winning director captures the stunning arc of the racial justice movement and the global pandemic over the years. The film showcases the visionary leadership, foundational friendship and empowering efforts of Morial and Murguía, enriched by the genuine humor and love displayed within their families and communities.


What happens if you are born to serve in the military?

Director Davidi tells a powerful and harrowing story exploring the dark side of Israel’s military culture. The film follows young soldiers who resist being enlisted, but ultimately succumb to the pressure to serve. Through their haunting diaries and first-hand military footage, the film exposes the moral quandary that pervades Israeli society. Davidi skillfully interweaves childhood memories and home videos of the deceased soldiers to create a moving portrait of innocence lost. He offers a searing critique of Israel’s complex military web and its devastating impact on young people caught in its grip.

Wed 31 May, 6pm The Roxy, Fri 16 June, 6pm The
Mon 29 May, 6pm The Roxy, Mon 12 June, 6pm
NZ Premiere Australasia Premiere

My Name is Happy

Hope and happiness can prevail even in the face of extreme adversity.

In co-directors Read & Toprak’s emotional film, Kurdish teenager Mutlu Kaya survives a shooting by a stalker after reaching the finals of Turkey’s Got Talent. Mutlu sustains life-changing injuries and a bullet in her brain. Five years later, escalating attacks on Turkish women again intrude as Mutlu’s carer and sister Dilek is killed by her boyfriend, and a neighbour is murdered by her fiancé. Mutlu relentlessly pursues justice for her sister’s murder, turning to Tik-Tok and her 2 million followers for support. The film celebrates Mutlu’s resilience, strength, and determination, evoking the story of Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. It reminds us that hope and happiness can prevail even in the face of extreme adversity.

Twice Colonized

Breaking the Chains of Colonialism.

Aaju Peter is a Greenlandic Inuit lawyer and activist fighting for the human rights of Indigenous peoples of the Arctic. She is also struggling with personal traumas, including the loss of her youngest son. Director Alluna follows Aaju as she launches an effort to establish an Indigenous forum at the European Union and works to bring justice to both Canadian and Danish colonizers. Aaju’s journey takes her back to her origins, as she revisits the places and traumas that shaped her life. The film is an inspiring and emotional exploration of the poisonous effects of colonialism and one woman’s struggle to transform hardship into hope.

Lin Alluna / 2023 / 92min / Denmark, Greenland, Canada AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 10.30am The Roxy, Thu 15 June, 7.30pm The Capitol, Mon 29 May, 8.15pm The Roxy, Sat 17 June, 2.30pm Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere
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Films that showcase the power of human actions to make a positive difference in our world. Through inspiring stories of regeneration farming, indigenous wisdom, historical preservation, environmental conservation, and wildlife protection, each film invites audiences to reflect on the impact of our choices and actions and inspires us to strive for a more sustainable and equitable future for our planet.

A Story of Bones

It matters how we choose to remember.

Co-directors Curran and Aubrey de Vere shed a light on the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trade. The film follows emigre Annina Van Neel, the Chief Environmental Officer for Saint Helena’s airport project, as she uncovers the unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans in Rupert’s Valley. Along with a group of disenfranchised islanders, Annina fights for the proper memorialisation of these forgotten victims. Through their struggle, the film exposes the disturbing truths of the UK’s colonial past and present, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in social justice and human rights. This film raises core questions as to identity and belonging.

AKL WLG The Capitol, Sat 27 May, 2.45pm The Roxy, Sat 10 June, 12.45pm
Joseph Curran, Dominic Aubrey de Vere / 2022 / 95min / UK
Asia Pacific Premiere

Deep Rising

Will the ocean’s depths yield treasure or tragedy?

Delving into the pressing issue of deepsea mining and its destructive impact on the environment, director Rytz provides a rare insight into the secretive world of the corporations that are extracting valuable metals from the ocean floor, with the help of cutting-edge technology. Narrated by Jason Momoa, the film highlights the urgent need to protect the deep ocean ecosystem, which plays a crucial role in sustaining life on Earth. Through stunning visuals and compelling storytelling, viewers are made aware of the little-known practice of deep-sea mining and its devastating consequences.

Rachel’s Farm

2023 / 84min / Australia

The transition from the world of entertainment to the world of farming.

Film director and actress Rachel Ward is not the first person you’d expect to join a farming revolution. In this triumphant film, Ward voyages from wilful ignorance about the ecological impacts of conventional agriculture on her own rural property, to embracing a movement to restore the health of Australia’s farmland, food and climate.

A triumphant film, featuring intimate interviews with Ward, her family and the people she has been inspired by on her transition from the world of entertainment to the world of farming. It gives a unique insight into her voyage from wilful ignorance about the ecological impacts of conventional agriculture to embracing a movement to restore the health of Australia’s farmland, food and climate.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sun 4 June, 1.15pm The Roxy, Sat 17 June, 12.30pm The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 12.30pm The Roxy, Wed 14 June, 6pm Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere

Can traditional Maori fishing practices save a marine park from collapse .

Director Mark-Brown examines the devastating impact of pollution and overfishing on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand’s only marine park. The once-thriving ecosystem is now on the brink of collapse, with sea life in decline and pollution levels rising. The film explores the potential solution of implementing traditional Maori protection methods, which could help to restore balance to the ecosystem and support sustainable fishing practices. With stunning underwater footage and insightful interviews with experts, the film is a powerful call to action to protect our oceans and preserve our natural heritage.

Taking Back Our Beach

When disaster strikes, a community rises.

This film is about the response by a community to New Zealand’s largest environmental disaster, seen through the eyes of that community. Filmmakers Steel and Liddle Crawford explore the aftermath of the 2011 grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty. This disaster not only threatened the iconic coastline and wildlife, but also a way of life treasured by local Maori and Pakeha alike. Despite bureaucracy’s floundering response, this disparate community comes together to clean up the devastation. The film captures the shock, anger, grief, moments of humour, and ultimately, positivity arising from people uniting to save their beloved beach.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sun 28 May, 10am The Roxy, Sun 11 June, 10am The Capitol, Sun 28 May, 2.15pm
Roxy, Sun 11 June,
World Premiere World Premiere

The Endangered Generation?

Climate Change and Cultural Heritage: A Global Call to Action.

Geer’s visually stunning film explores the impact of climate change on cultural heritage and traditions, featuring diverse voices including Maori and First Nations representatives and Indigenous leaders of Central Panama. Through interviews with scientists, environmental activists, and cultural leaders, Geer delivers an urgent plea to reconsider our actions and celebrates the potential of the world and the connections that exist within it. Narrated by Laura Dern, the film challenges the dominant narrative of selfishness and competition and reminds us of the importance of preserving the beauty of our world for future generations.

Wild Life

First Patagonia, The North Face and Esprit, then protecting the wilderness. This remarkable new film from Oscar®winning husband and wife filmmakers Chin and Vasarhelyi captures the inspiring story of Kris Tompkins, a conservationist who dedicated her life to protecting the wilderness. The film follows co-founders Kris and her husband Doug, as they leave behind their careers in the corporate sphere in order to pursue their dreams. Their non-profit organisation, Tompkins Conservation, aspires to create national parks in Chile and Argentina. They ultimately succeed in making the largest private land donation in history. This is an emotionally affecting tribute to two dedicated environmentalists.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Wed 24 May, 7.30pm The Roxy, Sun 11 June, 8.15pm The Capitol, Sat 27 May, 8.30pm
Roxy, Sat 17 June, 4.30pm
Asia Pacific Premiere NZ Premiere

Special Event

Ans Westra Exhibition

Doc Edge is the home for all things documentary including photography.

Ans Westra CNZM (1936 – 2023) was a pioneer of documentary photography and one of the first women to work in this area in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Born in Leiden, the Netherlands, Ans immigrated to New Zealand in 1957 at the age of 21, eventually basing herself in Wellington as a full-time freelance photographer. Self-taught, Ans was an expert at capturing what she called "ordinary life": the immediate and unselfconscious interactions of ordinary people and places.

For over 60 years Ans was a fixture up and down the country at community events, hui, dances, hikoi, woolsheds and streets; a tall, unassuming woman, quietly taking photographs, looking down through the viewfinder of her trusty Rolleiflex, and more recently digital devices. She also photographed around the world including Tonga, Fiji, the Netherlands, the Philippines and New York.

Free Film available on our Virtual Cinema

Ans Westra Private Journeys/Public Signposts

Luit Bieringa / 2006 / 72min / NZ

In 2012 Ans established Suite Tirohanga with {Suite} Director David Alsop to act as manager of her print archive and copyright. In 2015 she gifted all of her negatives to the Alexander Turnbull Library, and a project between Suite Tirohanga and the National Library of New Zealand commenced to digitise her archive - an unparalleled collection comprising more than 300,000 images.

Ans’ photos are catalogued by location and date with additional information about events, activities and people in the images noted where known. Unlimited online access to her archive is available via the National Library website.

Since her passing Ans has been remembered widely, including international coverage in The New York Times, Guardian and Volkskrant. She is survived by her half-sister, three children and six grandchildren. For more info visit

We are honoured to be able to celebrate Ans Westra with an exhibition of some of her works in the cinema foyers.
Ans Westra, 'Holloway road, Wellington, 1973', courtesy of {Suite} Ans Westra, ‘Self-portrait, Te Kaha, 1963’, courtesy of {Suite} Ans Westra, ‘Students performing, Whatatutu, 1963’, courtesy of {Suite}

Doc Edge Superhero 2023 Annie Goldson

Professor Annie Goldson, ONZM, FRSNZ is a highly accomplished filmmaker who has made invaluable contributions to the documentary genre. Her films are a testament to her passion for exploring complex social and political issues through the power of film, and she has garnered international recognition for her thought-provoking and insightful work.

Goldson's films are deeply personal yet broadly relevant, with a focus on individuals or communities that are often marginalized or misunderstood. Her best-known features include Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, An Island Calling, Brother Number One and Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, all of which received multiple international festival awards, sales to broadcasters and streamers, and wide educational distribution. She produced Pacific Solution which premiered at Doc Edge in 2005. Her most recent completed film is A Mild Touch of Cancer, which is currently streaming on Neon, and she is finishing a new feature, Red Mole: A Romance.

Aside from her storytelling skills, Goldson is also a technically skilled filmmaker who produces, directs, records sound and often edits her films. She has an eye for capturing poignant moments that reflect the human experience and she is constantly pushing the boundaries of the documentary form by incorporating elements of fiction and animation into her work. Annie is also a professor at the University of Auckland, where she received her PhD. She was awarded an ONZM for her contributions to film and was recently awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal from the Te Aparangi/Royal Society of NZ.

“Eighteen years ago, Annie Goldson inspired me with the power of documentary filmmaking, her compassion and eye for authentic and insightful storytelling. She has inspired countless more documentary makers as well. This is a timely celebration and acknowledgement of her contribution to and generous support of documentary filmmaking in Aotearoa.”

Each year, Doc Edge recognises a person who has made outstanding contribution to documentary by declaring them a Superhero.
The 2023 recipient of the Doc Edge Superhero Award is Annie Goldson.
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Films that showcase the transformative power of art in telling stories, inspiring change, and shaping our understanding of the world. Through the captivating journeys of artists, musicians, and performers who have defied norms, broken barriers, and left a lasting impact, each film celebrates the beauty and power of artistic expression as a force for inspiration and social change.

Apolonia, Apolonia

Becoming an artist in a man’s world.

A captivating portrait from director Glob of a young woman’s journey into the art world. Apolonia Sokol’s life seemed to be taken straight out of a storybook when the filmmaker first met her in 2009, but as the years go by, the challenges she faces as a woman painter become more apparent. As Apolonia navigates the art world and grapples with issues of womanhood, relationships, and creation, the bond between her and Glob deepens. This mesmerizing film is a reflection on art, love, motherhood, sexuality, and representation, showcasing how women can succeed in a world dominated by patriarchy, capitalism, and war while staying true to themselves.

Lea Glob / 2022 / 116min / Denmark AKL WLG The Capitol, Fri 26 May, 8pm The Roxy, Sun 18 June, 1pm
Australasia Premiere

Call Me Dancer

Finding Her Beat

Dance to your own beat

A live-your-dream story from the streets of Mumbai to the stages of New York.

Manish is an athletic hip-hop dancer who struggles against his hard-working parents’ insistence that he follow a traditional career path. When he accidently walks into a dance class and encounters a curmudgeonly Israeli ballet master, a hunger develops within him. Ambitious and passionate, Manish is now determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked against him. When pitted against his parents’ wishes, he’s forced to push himself to his physical limits to prove he has what it takes. A story of perseverance, rebellion, family and an unlikely friendship.

Big Drums, Big Dreams

A group of women come together to form a Taiko drumming group in St. Paul, despite the historical exclusion of women from the art. Led by a Japanese drumming master and a Korean adoptee, the diverse group of women prepare for a performance amid the growing threat of COVID-19. With fierce determination and a passion for cultural expression, the women overcome personal challenges and logistical hurdles to put together a historic show. Through powerful drum performances and the bonds of sisterhood, director Mikkelson celebrates the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

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International Premiere NZ Premiere

Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life

A tribute to her life, art and enduring legacy.

Director Massiet du Biest’s debut feature explores the life and art of celebrated New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins. Spending much of her life and career in Europe, Hodgkins was a modernist painter whose work continues to inspire contemporary New Zealand artists. The film retraces Hodgkins’ footsteps, taking viewers to the places she lived and worked, and shedding light on the challenges she faced and her unwavering commitment to her craft. Featuring insights from experts like Mary Kisler and Linda Tyler, as well as creatives such as Kate Sylvester and Star Gossage, the film celebrates Hodgkins’ courage and determination as a pioneering woman in the arts, and her enduring legacy as a role model for women everywhere.

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Keep Stepping

Dancing to your own beat

Director Cornish’s inspiring film highlights the world of street dance, a gruelling mix of athleticism and artistic expression, often marginalised by the mainstream as a mere curiosity. The movie follows Gabi, a Chilean Samoan, and Patricia, a Romanian-born dancer, as they prepare for Australia’s biggest street dance competition, Destructive Steps. To achieve their dreams, they must overcome financial struggles, injuries, volatile relationships, and even the risk of deportation. Despite the odds, the film showcases the empowerment and respect that street dance provides to those who rise to the top. The film proves that dance transcends all barriers, offering an inspiring glimpse into the lives of street dancers and the challenges they face.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sat 27 May, 10.30am The Roxy, Thu 15 June, 6pm The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 2.30pm The Roxy, Fri 16 June, 8.15pm World Premiere NZ Premiere

Knowing the Score

Shattering the glass ceiling, one note at a time.

Director Hosking follows the career of Simone Young, a trailblazing conductor who has broken barriers and conquered the most maledominated profession of conducting opera and classical music. Originally from Manly Beach in Australia, Young has achieved many firsts in her career but is now tired of being constantly labelled as a “woman” conductor. The film captures the challenges and triumphs of Young’s career, offering a retrospective look into her past while also exploring her present and future endeavours. It celebrates Young’s remarkable achievements and is an inspiring portrait of a woman who has overcome numerous obstacles to make her mark in the world of classical music.

Love to Love you, Donna Summer

She worked hard for her money inspiring a generation with her music.

Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends, and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of her songs, this is a heartfelt tribute to an iconic artiste whose voice and artistry became the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of the artiste that features a wealth of photographs and never-beforeseen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – it provides a rich window into the surprising range of her talents, from song writing to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage. Directed by Oscar ® and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ross Williams and Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer.

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AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sun 4 June, 11am The Roxy, Sun 18 June, 11am The Capitol, Sat 3 June, 9pm The Roxy, Wed 7 June, 7.30pm
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Films that provide a window into the lives and stories of people from diverse regions and cultures. Through their struggles, resilience, and triumphs, the films capture the human spirit’s indomitable nature and the power of storytelling to shed light on the richness and diversity of our world.

20 Days in Mauripol

Defiance in the face of danger. Truth in the midst of war.

Seasoned war journalist and first-time feature director Chernov uses his personal footage and daily dispatches for The Associated Press to offer a vivid and harrowing account of the siege of Mariupol. Through his lens, we see the toll of war on civilians, the horrors of dying children, mass graves, and the bombing of a maternity hospital. As the only international reporters who remain in the city, Chernov and a team of AP journalists capture defining images of the war that made headlines around the world. This film not only provides a window into the brutal reality of conflict zones but also highlights the importance of journalism in shaping our understanding of global events. With powerful storytelling and gripping cinematography, this film is a testament to the courage and resilience of those caught in the crossfire of war.

Mstyslav Chernov / 2023 / 95min / Ukraine AKL WLG The Capitol, Wed 31 May, 8.30pm The Roxy, Wed 14 June, 8pm
Asia Pacific Premiere

Eat Bitter

Two Men. Two Countries. Whatever it Takes.

Co-Directors Appora-Gnekindy and Sun offer a unique perspective on the lives of a Chinese construction manager and a Central African labourer who are working together to build a new bank in the midst of a civil war, poverty, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The film explores the challenges that they face in their personal and professional lives, including attempted suicide and unexpected twists that threaten their dreams of a better future. Against this backdrop, the directors offer a compelling look at the impact of geopolitical and economic forces on individual lives.

In the Shadow of Beirut

Surviving in Beirut’s shadow.

Kelly and Keane’s cinematic and powerful film captures the stark reality of life in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila neighbourhoods. The film follows four families over 4 years and depicts the harsh rituals of their daily lives as they struggle for survival in a city and country on the brink of financial collapse. Through extraordinary access, the filmmakers open a window into an unseen world to unfold a collection of utterly compelling human narratives filled with resilience and hope. In quiet, intimate moments, the vulnerability of people living in the shadows of this once great city fill the screen.

Ningyi Sun, Pascale Appora-Gnekindy / 2023 / 95min / Central African Republic, China Stephen Gerard Kelly, Garry Keane / 2023 / 92min / Ireland, UK, Germany, Lebanon
The Capitol, Sun 28 May, 12.15pm The Roxy, Sun 11 June, 12.15pm The Capitol, Thu 1 June, 6pm The Roxy, Sat 17 June, 8.30pm
World Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere Supported by

Into the Shaolin

Where Kung Fu meets spirituality.

Director Sun’s film showcases life in the Shaolin Monastery, the birthplace of Chinese Chan and Kung Fu. She follows several monks and a Serbian Ph.D. candidate conducting fieldwork to explore the philosophy of peace and enlightenment through martial arts. It depicts their daily routines of meditation and martial arts practice, as well as their challenges outside the temple. Despite performing martial arts globally, they lack practical skills for dignified jobs beyond the temple. The film portrays the realities of their lives and unwavering commitment to their chosen path, featuring ordinary mortals instead of Kung Fu heroes or Saint Monks.

Praying for Armageddon

When Biblical prophecy fuels political power.

Director Schei’s film is a shocking exposé of the unholy alliance between American politics and Evangelical Christianity, as they work together to bring about the end of the world. She takes us inside the minds of U.S. believers preparing for a Holy war and exposes the dangerous power of megachurch pastors who call for the final battle, triggering the Second Coming of Christ. The film warns of the dangerous consequences of their apocalyptic mission, shining a light on the devastating impact of religion on American democracy and foreign policy. Schei reveals how fundamentalism weakens American democracy and highlights the impact of religion on U.S. foreign policy.

AKL WLG AKL WLG The Capitol, Sun 28 May, 4.30pm The Roxy, Sun 11 June, 4.30pm The Capitol, Tue 30 May, 7.45pm The Roxy, Tue 13 June, 7.45pm
International Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere


Take a deep breath, hoist the sails, and set off on a thrilling expedition into the unknown.

Danish explorer and director Jensen and three Papuan sailors embark on their worldfirst attempt to circumnavigate the island of New Guinea, all in a traditional Papuan sailing canoe. As they navigate through treacherous waters, they must overcome their differences and work together to avoid bewitched reefs, evade Indonesian authorities, and survive the dangerous northwest monsoon. Through stunning cinematography and heart-pumping action, the film captures the spirit of an epic adventure and the unbreakable bond between people from different cultures united by a common goal.

The Pawnshop

Step into a world of eclectic treasures, quirky characters, and unexpected encounters at Poland’s most fascinating pawn shop.

In Europe’s biggest pawnshop, Jola and Wiesiek offer a surreal and humorous glimpse into their world, where conflicts and caring moments collide. From second-hand toasters to sausage and a pat on the back, this darkly funny docu-comedy showcases the proprietors’ low-level conflicts and snap judgments. Facing bankruptcy, they come up with a fresh idea to save their surreal Wunderkammer of a shop, bringing new hope to the once-bustling industrial town. This festival favourite delivers humour, charm, and humanity in spades.

Thor F. Jensen / 2023 / 97min / Australia Łukasz Kowalski / 2022 / 81min / Poland
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Session One

The Capitol Fri 26 May 4pm

The Roxy Fri 9 June 4pm

Big Kids

Tom Field / 2023 / 11min / NZ

OHMS! Protest! A Celebration of Resistance

Anna Cottrell / 2023 / 30min / NZ

Daniel Mulholland, a master-builder uses LEGO to reshape his life after being diagnosed with PTSD. The film highlights the relationship between mental health and a simple act of kindness, showing how something as small as a plastic brick can be life-changing for oneself and others.

Strange Beasts

Darcy Prendergast / 2022 / 10min / NZ, Australia

The film highlights the New Zealand student-led movement against compulsory military training during the Vietnam War. Led by 19-year-old Robert Reid, it brought together activists and diverse communities in a historic protest. Featuring interviews with those involved it is a reminder of the power of activism and ordinary people standing up for what they believe in.

Visiting Ben Shemen

Miriam Harris / 2023 / 16min / NZ

The film explores the rise and fall of Australia’s Bacchus Marsh Lion Safari, through the eyes of big cat keeper Ron Prendergast. It uncovers the park’s mysterious history and folklore, from its boom to its closure, revealing the consequences of unchecked power. A captivating exploration of human nature, ambition, and the human desire to control nature.

In this innovative animated film, director Harris tells her mother’s story and that of two other Jewish women who first met in 1946 at the Ben Shemen School in Israel, exploring their personal histories of love, loss, and survival through intimate interviews and mixed media techniques, resulting in a powerful and moving portrait of three women.

World Premiere World Premiere Australasia Premiere Australasia Premiere

Session Two


Daniel Ali, Mark Robertson / 2022 / 13min / NZ, UK

The Capitol Fri 2 June 4pm

The Roxy Fri 16 June 4pm

Last Shot at Messenger

Ethan Alderson-Hughes / 2023 / 18min / NZ

Ben Dean turns to the dark side in his struggle with alcohol addiction, becoming an inspiration to others on their own paths to sobriety and spiritualism.

Moving the Market

Harry Knight / 2023 / 15min / NZ, UK

Cattle farmer Tony Pascoe goes on a mission to protect an ancient wetland and forest from Taranaki’s largest roading project. Featuring conversations with land occupiers, iwi/hapu representatives, it highlights the power of community and the importance of protecting natural heritage, even in the face of adversity.

No Acting in It

Roberto Nascimento / 2023 / 12min / NZ

Darren, manager of Bristol’s Vintage Market, is struggling to find a new home for traders as his lease ends. It highlights the community’s reliance on the market and showcases its unique side beyond the items on display. This is a reminder of the power of community and the impact of small businesses on the communities they serve.

Dame Kate Harcourt, a legend in the New Zealand theatre and film community, and her actress daughter Dame Miranda explore their close bond and family legacy in acting. Intimate conversations and personal stories highlight the impact of their deep roots in the industry on three generations of women.

World Premiere World Premiere International Premiere International Premiere

Little Gems Session One

The Capitol Thu 25 May 4pm

The Roxy Thu 8 June 4pm

Life with Emotions

Shafin Basheer / 2023 / 32min / UK

Mountain Man

Arun Bhattarai / 2022 / 22min / Bhutan

Nick Elphick attempts to deal with his mental health struggles and his father’s loss by sculpting statues in his image. It’s a tribute to family, love, and the power of art to transcend loss, reminding us of the healing power of creativity and the beauty of life.


Jessica Bishopp / 2023 / 21min / UK

Phuntsho Tshering, Bhutan’s only glaciologist, measures the melting glaciers in the Himalayas, navigating sacred mountains and the snow lion’s consequences to protect his homeland from climate change. His daughter, Yangchen, finds solace in videos he makes while he’s gone. A poignant reminder of the importance of protecting the planet for future generations and the beauty of the father-daughter bond.

The Noble Guardian

Anna Coren / 2023 / 39min / USA

Birta and Selma rescue lost pufflings on a remote Icelandic island. They exchange parties for puffin patrol, taking action to counteract the human impact on nature. Their mission highlights the importance of younger generations in global environmental issues, reminding us of the need to protect the natural world for future generations.

Amidst the chaos of the Taliban takeover and Kabul Airport, women’s rights activist Mahbouba Seraj faces a difficult decision. Despite urging her to leave Afghanistan, she stays and protects women and girls in her shelter. As the Taliban threaten women’s rights, Mahbouba’s fight becomes more important than ever, standing up for the voiceless.

Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere World Premiere World Premiere

Little Gems Session Two

The Capitol Mon 29 May 4pm

The Roxy Mon 12 June 4pm

Finding Alaa

Myriam Francois / 2023 / 25min / UK

The Fear Cycle

Dexter Brierley, Matt Seger / 2022 / 13min / USA

A grandfather embarks on a quest to find his granddaughter, Alaa, in a Syrian refugee camp. It delves into themes of identity, belonging, and atonement, exploring the impact of terrorism on innocent families. While grappling with guilt over his son’s role in the Paris Attacks, the film offers a message of hope and redemption.

Artist Nicolas Bruno suffers from a rare form of narcolepsy causing sleep paralysis. He turns his condition into creative inspiration, recreating his nightmares in haunting photographs, showcasing the transformative power of art to overcome fear and mental health struggles. A unique perspective on the intersection of art and mental health.

The Volunteer

David Brodie / 2023 / 35min / USA

Uncle Vakho’s Dream

Joanna Roj / 2022 / 22min / Poland

After being mistaken for the enemy by fellow U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, a Japanese-American veteran struggles to overcome his feelings of guilt and anger, find a sense of belonging, and reunite with the friend who saved his life in this intimate, occasionally hilarious, and moving short documentary.

Vakho lives a simple life with his goats in a remote village in the Kazbegi mountains, haunted by a prophetic dream that has come true, and through his reflections and memories, he seeks to find peace with himself and his past in his isolated existence.

International Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere World Premiere

Little Gems Session Three

The Capitol Thu 1 June 4pm

The Roxy Thu 15 June 4pm

End of the Road

Ivana Todorovic / 2022 / 19min / Serbia


Justine Martin / 2022 / 14min / Canada

Željko and Viki want to provide a peaceful end-oflife for abandoned horses, highlighting the need for empathy and dignity for all living beings. It explores themes of mortality and showcases the beauty of life, even in its final moments, urging viewers to extend kindness to all living creatures.

The House of Loss

Jinkyu Jeon / 2022 / 10min / Japan, South Korea

The film portrays the challenges of growing up for twins Raphaël and Rémi, with one twin struggling with a disability that strains their bond. Spending their last summer surrounded by nature, they say goodbye to childhood, in a poignant exploration of sibling relationships, the journey to adulthood, and the healing power of nature.

When the Sand Stands Still

David Jervidal, Tommy Jervidal / 2023 / 21min Denmark

Through the eyes of a nursing home worker, we witness the everyday struggles and losses of elderly residents. Despite their challenges, he finds hope and beauty in their resilience and determination to live life to the fullest. A touching reminder of the humanity and strength of the elderly.

Amidst the eroding North Sea coastline, local builder Kjeld Pedersen works to save the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse from being swallowed up by the sea by moving it away from danger, while the film captures the stunning natural beauty that surrounds the lighthouse.

Australasia Premiere Australasia Premiere World Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere

Little Gems Session Three


When We Dance

Top ballroom dancers from Ukraine and Russia grapple with the impact of the war on their lives and art and explore the politics of their shared passion through interviews and a narrative dance piece. The film highlights the power of dance to connect us all and the urgent need to find a peaceful solution to end the conflict.

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Nick Waters / 2022 / 30min / USA
Asia Pacific Premiere
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Virtual Cinema

Available 19 June - 9 July

Earthbound: Nzambi Matee

Farhoud Meybodi / 2022 / 40min / Japan

Hero on Paper

Max Ploeg / 2022 / 28min / Netherlands

Nzambi Matee pioneers a revolutionary technology to transform plastic waste into sustainable paving bricks in Nairobi’s plastic waste crisis.

Good Boy

Russell Chadwick / 2023 / 34min / USA

Rutger, a receptionist and Lucky Luke imitator draws a cartoon to become a comic-book hero and confronts the disappointments of daily life. It highlights the power of imagination and the importance of embracing our inner child, reminding us we can all be heroes in our daily lives.

Her Scents of Pu Er

Anna-Claria Ostasenko Bogdanoff / 2022 / 17min

Doug Seus finds an unlikely friendship with a 680-kilo grizzly bear. The film showcases their unique bond and the deep connection they share, highlighting the beauty of human-animal relationships and the unexpected friendships that can form in the most unlikely of circumstances.

France This visually stunning film takes us into the universe of tea with Master Tseng, the first woman to become the Master of Tea in China. Through the scent of tea, the film explores the importance of connecting with our senses and finding beauty in the world, reminding us of the value of our senses.

International Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere New Zealand Premiere

Virtual Cinema

Available 19 June - 9 July

Kemonito: The Final Fall

Teresa de Miguel / 2022 / 23min / Mexico

Symphony of The Knots

Hossein Ranjbar Shirazi / 2023 / 11min / Iran

Kemonito, Mexico’s World Wrestling Council mascot, cannot retire because of financial problems despite many injuries. Fighting in a wheelchair every Friday, he shows resilience and determination, supporting his family with love and sacrifice. The film highlights the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity, a testament to the enduring spirit of wrestling.

My Grandmother is a Bird

Andrea Suwito / 2022 / 25min / Indonesia

The film explores the world of Persian carpet weaving, showcasing its beauty and intricacy through the weavers’ movements and artistry. It’s a unique perspective on the tradition of creating these exquisite carpets, a treat for anyone who appreciates the beauty and artistry of Persian carpets.

The After: A Chef’s Wish

Umar Riaz / 2022 / 26min / Pakistan

Indriati, an 88-year-old Chinese-Indonesian woman, explores the meaning of her past name, which she was forced to change 60 years ago by the Indonesian government. Through a silver bird symbolising her past name, she connects with her true identity. The film is a powerful exploration of identity, memory, and cultural heritage. A reminder that our past is an integral part of our identity.

A fan favourite winner of ‘Top Chef: Season 15’, Chef Fatima Ali used food to bridge cultures and bring joy to underprivileged communities in Pakistan. Her brother Mohammed has channelled his grief by working to continue her legacy by using the power of food to bring people together and make a positive impact. It is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersection of food, culture, and social change.

Asia Pacific Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere International Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere

Virtual Cinema

The Silent World of Barry Priori

Anne Tsoulis / 2022 / 28min / Australia

Soviet LifeZoya Cherkassky

Anat Schwartz / 2022 / 30min / Israel

The film follows Barry Priori as he moves from isolation to finding the vibrant Deaf community with its own language, culture, and traditions. It explores the challenges and triumphs of the Deaf experience from the 1950s to the present day through personal anecdotes and interviews. A celebration of the Deaf community’s richness, diversity, resilience, and strength.

The works of the Ukrainian-born artist, Zoya Cherkassky, sell for thousands of dollars, but their bright colours tell a story of immigration, survival, and alienation. The film follows her personal journey from Tel Aviv, where she lives with her Nigerian husband, to her childhood in Kyiv and search for a sense of home and belonging.

Trenton: To The Moon and Back

Josh Leong / 2023 / 18min / USA

The Unification Church promised two indigenous brothers from the Solomon Islands a better life in America, but they find themselves living in a van while collecting donations in rural Georgia. They plan to escape from the cult with the help of some locals, but can you ever truly leave?

New Zealand Premiere International Premiere Asia Pacific Premiere
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The Doc Edge XR Exhibition for 2023, themed “Perspectives,” presents a selection of immersive XR works that offer unique and thought-provoking viewpoints on a range of topics. These innovative and engaging works push the boundaries of traditional storytelling, providing immersive experiences that are sure to captivate and inspire.

Digital Storytelling

Featuring a selection of XR works that use digital media to tell stories and convey powerful messages. These innovative and engaging experiences are sure to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of traditional storytelling.

Immersive Experiences

Featuring a range of cutting-edge XR works that transport audiences to new and exciting worlds. From virtual reality to interactive installations, these immersive experiences provide a sense of presence and engagement that is truly awe-inspiring.

Digital Storytelling Identity

Featuring a range of digital stories that delve into the complex nature of personal identity, challenging viewers to explore what defines us as individuals.

Alex Honnold: The Soloist

Jonathan Griffith / UK / VR / 30 min

The Soloist fully immerses the viewer in the world inhabited by Alex Honnold, a free climber carrying out a dangerous mission. This exhilarating experience will leave you breathless, as you travel to the European Alps and get swept up in a rip-roaring adventure.

Blood Relations

Analee Weinberger / NFB / Canada / VR / 18 min

This VR experience raises the important question of “What makes us who we are?”. Te narrator takes us on a poignant quest, from a scrapyard in Vancouver to the Orthodox Jewish community of Bnei Brak and back to a decaying farm in rural Manitoba.



Ian Wilkes, Poppy van Oorde-Grainger / Same Drum Australia / VR / 9 min

This homegrown Aussie VR film was produced with the goal of bringing attention to an under-discussed aspect of Aboriginal history. Doolann-Leisha Eatts has spent decades raising awareness about Australia’s racist past and in this short film, she tells the story of what really happened at Galup Lake in moving detail.

Square the Circle

Hannah Hovitie / Finland / XR Film / 18 min

Hanna Hovitie’s Square the Circle is a little circular film about one person’s round trip out to the (un) known universe and into themselves, in search of a sense of belonging. To be a circle in a world of squares. It’s a delightful palette cleanser that poses several thought provoking questions.


Bambou Kenneth / Electric Skies / VR / 9 min

The gruelling process that potential adoptive parents have to go through is given a personal touch in this digital storytelling piece. Kenneth considers the flaws embedded into the adoption system in a nonjudgmental manner and pushes us to take a more open-minded view of those who wish to serve as singe parents.


Digital Storytelling Culture & Society

Showcasing digital stories that explore and challenge social issues, cultural norms, and historical events. These works offer a unique perspective on topics such as activism, identity, community, and the impact of technology on society.

This is Not a Ceremony

. Ahnahktsipiitaa / NFB / VR / Canada / 21 min

The oral tradition popularised by Canada’s First Nations community is brought to the screen in Ahnahktsipiitaa’s astonishing new cinematic VR experience. This interactive film that brings all viewers closer to understanding the struggles that First Nations people have faced in decades past.

The Jungle People

Eddie Wong / Malaysia / AI Film / 15 min

The Jungle People is a vital, politically charged examination of the Anti-British National Liberation War and the impact that it had on the family of a Communist guerrilla fighter. This narrative feature is dedicated to presenting this absorbing tale to a diverse audience in an accessible manner.


Gabrielle Thomas, Ed Davis / Atamira New Zealand / VR / 15 min

With shifting architecture TOMO interprets the proverbial heart of three wahine travelling through Te Ao Kikokiko (the land of the living). A battle between self and the source begins when one lost and lonely wairua enters their world.

No Place But Here

Dylan Valley, Anne Nisenson / Electric South

South Africa / VR / 15 min

In early 2017, the South Africa-based Reclaim the City movement occupied the Woodstock building, which had previously served as a hospital. This fiery piece of agitprop hopes to rehabilitate the image of the movement and spread awareness about its connection to historical anti-apartheid protests.


Immersive Experiences Finding Self: NZ World Premieres

The Finding Self category in the Doc Edge XR exhibition showcases immersive experiences that invite viewers to explore their inner selves and gain a deeper understanding of their identity. These three New Zealand world premieres are a must-see for those seeking a unique and transformative experience.

About Sound

Jimi Wilson / New Zealand / VR / 15 min

This VR experience radically alters the perception of this discipline by engaging with ordinary, everyday New Zealanders and considering their responses to different aural wonders. Users will enter into a restful, meditative environment, altering the perception of everyday New Zealanders.


Loren Taylor, Kat Lintot / Wrestler / New Zealand VR / 7 min

This VR experience radically alters the perception of this discipline by engaging with ordinary, everyday New Zealanders and considering their responses to different aural wonders. Users will enter into a restful, meditative environment, altering the perception of everyday New Zealanders.

Immersive Experiences

NZ Immersive Education

Immersive Education offers a new approach to learning and storytelling, using cutting-edge technology such as VR, AR, and sensory experiences to engage with a public audience and allows people of all ages to learn and engage with the world around them in a whole new way.

Radio Documentary Listening Station

Amorphous Volumes

Daniel Foothead / New Zealand / VR / 15 min

An experience that is accessible to all ages, showing elements of playful and easy watching for first time VR adventurer. It is inspired by the concept of synesthesia, focuses on the synchronicity of sound and image. With its unique visual aesthetics, it allows audience to experience the colourful organic environment.

Archival / Nga Taonga / New Zealand / Audio 7x30 min

Voices of the past – a selection of radio documentaries from the Nga Taonga collection. Doc Edge and Nga Taonga brings you an Audio Documentary Listening Station. To mark the 100th year of radio in Aotearoa New Zealand, we present this selection of radio documentaries from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision for your listening pleasure.


The Aquarium, Planes and Masks by Quiver Vision

Quiver Vision / New Zealand / AR / 30 min

We bring you a selection of Digital Environments and AR; a fun interactive digital display and colouring in experience for all ages.

Immersive Experiences Sustainability and the Environment

Showcases immersive experiences that explore themes of environmental conservation, climate change, and humanity’s impact on the planet.


Lena Thiele, Sebastian Baurmann / Germany / VR 19 min

The MYRIAD project aims to use emotional appeals in order to bring attention to the animal rights movement. They present members of the general public with a poetic virtual reality experience that follows the migratory journeys of bald ibises, arctic foxes and green sea turtles.

Immersive Experiences

Untold Stories

Features a range of innovative and immersive experiences that bring to light stories and perspectives that are often overlooked or forgotten.


Simon Wood, Meghna Singh / Electric South South Africa / VR / 17 min

The past becomes the present, the invisible become visible. We witness the shards of society: the ghosts of the past and living spectres of the modern world. It takes the audience on an mesmerising journey in Clifton beach, Cape Town where lie the graves of the 221 enslaved men and women who drowned in shackles when a Portuguese slave ship sank in 1794.

Missing 10 Hours

Fanni Fazakas / RUME XR / Hungary / VR / 18 min

This XR experience takes aim at the infamous bystander effect, a social psychological theory that has gained currency in recent years. This sensitive yet confrontational portrayal of a deeply upsetting social trend directly hits upon several topics that have been in the zeitgeist recently.


Missing Pictures

Clément Deneux / Astrea Immersive / France / VR 5x9 min

Several notable filmmakers are given the opportunity create abstract versions of dream projects that never came to fruition as part of this technically innovative VR experience. They integrate footage that was volumetrically captured into real-time animation, while also providing insight into their creative process.

Nobody’s Listening

Mary Matheson / UK / VR / 12 min

Created in collaboration with the NGO Yazda and Upstream Projects, Nobody’s Listening is a groundbreaking educationalinitiative that commemorates the 2014 Yazidi genocide by ISIS. Compiled from the testimony of the survivors, it takes the viewer on one of three narratives, recounting the experiences of those caught up in the atrocities.

Munich 72

Matthias Leitner, Eva Deinert / Germany / VR+PC 30 min

The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The games were supposed to be cheerful. But on the 11th day, Palestinian terrorists take members of the Israeli team hostage. The police attempt to free the prisoners fails and ends in disaster. This documentary traces what happened 50 years ago in virtual reality.


Mengtai Zhang / USA / VR / 30 min

A captivating VR experience for all to actively think about the issue of internet addiction, by taking the audience on a journey to discover the mesmerising stories in the military-operated Internet addiction camp in Beijing in 2007.


Team 2023

Executive Director: Dan Shanan

Director: Alex Lee

General Manager & Festival Producer: Rachael Penman

Operations & Projects Executive: Christian Jensen

Web/IT Manager: John Lau

Design & Digital Media Coordinator: Jarrod Dobell

Industry Engagement Coordinator: Belle Chalisa

Sales & Customer Relations: Melusine Pitout, Emma Fryer

Events Coordinator: Katie Humphries

Wellington Coordinator: Colleen Restieaux

Marketing Strategist: Moomin Kheir

Media & PR (Elephant Publicity): Michelle Lafferty, Ali Nicoll van Leeuwen, Jade Winterburn

Digital Editor: Paul Luo

University of Auckland Interns: Laurencio Yusuf, Rinka Ho, Zita Short

International Programme Advisor: Corey Tong

Awards MC: Geeling Ching

Screening Support

Benedict Reid, Chris Francis, Dea Jeremic, Erin Jensen, Jo Barry, Margaret Henley, Marilyn McFadyen, Minh Nguyen, Pauline Kotze, Robyn Paterson, Sarah McMullan, Trecia Smith, Judy Sylvester

A big thank you to all the other supporters throughout the year.

The Documentary New Zealand Trust

Charity #CC54892

PO Box 8658, Symonds Street Box Lobby, Auckland 1150

09 360 0329

Chair: Glenn Johnstone

Trustees: Cameron McGregor, Nathan Hoturoa Gray, Alex Lee, Dan Shanan

Secretary: Amanda Steyger

Patron: Helen Clark

Ambassadors: Judy Bailey, Neil Waka

Legal Advisor: David Bigio Q.C.

Supporters # 20 Days in Mariupol 42 A About Sound 61 A Compassionate Spy 18 A Story of Bones 26 African Moot 22 Alex Honnold: The Soloist 58 All Static & Noise 19 Amorphous Volumes 61 Another Body 14 Apolonia, Apolonia 38 B Big Kids 48 Blood Relations 58 C Call Me Dancer 39 Container 62 D Deep Rising 27 Demons 49 Diagnosia 63 E Earthbound: Nzambi Matee 54 Eat Bitter 43 End of the Road 52 Evoke 61 F Finding Alaa 51 Finding Her Beat 39 Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life 40 G Galup 59 Good Boy 54 Gumbo Coalition 23 H Her Scents of Pu Er 54 Hero on Paper 54 I In the Shadow of Beirut 43 Innocence 23 Into the Shaolin 44 Iron Butterflies 19 J Jane Campion, The Cinema Woman 15 K Keep Stepping 40 Kemonito: The Final Fall 55 Kindred 59 Knowing the Score 41 L Last Shot at Messenger 49 Life with Emotions 50 Love to Love You, Donna Summer 41 Lyra 20 M Make People Better 20 Missing 10 Hours 60 Missing Pictures 62 Mountain Man 50 Moving the Market 49 Munich 72 63 My Grandmother is a Bird 55 My Name is Happy 24 Myriad 62 N No Acting in It 49 Nobody’s Listening 63 No Place but Here 60 O Oasis 52 OHMS! Protest! A Celebration of Resistance 48 One Bullet 21 P Pacific Mother 15 Praying for Armageddon 44 Puffling 50 R Rachel’s Farm 27 S Sailau 45 Sam Now 16 Seasick 28 Sex with Sue 16 Soviet Life - Zoya Cherkassky 56 Square the Circle 59 Strange Beasts 48 Symphony of The Knots 55 T Taking Back Our Beach 28 The After: A Chef’s Wish 55 The Endangered Generation? 29 The Fear Cycle 51 The House of Loss 52 The Jungle People 59 The Noble Guardian 50 The Pawnshop 45 The Silent World of Barry Priori 56 The Thief Collector 21 The Volunteer 51 This is Not a Ceremony 60 TOMO 60 Trenton: To The Moon and Back 56 Twice Colonized 24 U Uncle Vakho’s Dream 51 V Visiting Ben Shemen 48 W Who I Am Not 17 When the Sand Stands Still 52 When We Dance 53 Wild Life 29
Index of Films

Articles inside

Welcome from Festival Team article cover image
Welcome from Festival Team
pages 4-6
Ticketing Information article cover image
Ticketing Information
page 9
The Capitol Cinema article cover image
The Capitol Cinema
page 10
Wellington Venue article cover image
Wellington Venue
page 11
Auckland Exhibition Venue article cover image
Auckland Exhibition Venue
page 12
Wellington Exhibition Venue article cover image
Wellington Exhibition Venue
pages 13-14
Jane Campion, The Cinema Woman article cover image
Jane Campion, The Cinema Woman
page 15
Pacific Mother article cover image
Pacific Mother
page 15
Sam Now article cover image
Sam Now
page 16
Sex with Sue article cover image
Sex with Sue
page 16
Who I Am Not article cover image
Who I Am Not
pages 17-18
A Compassionate Spy article cover image
A Compassionate Spy
page 18
All Static & Noise article cover image
All Static & Noise
pages 19-20
Make People Better article cover image
Make People Better
page 20
One Bullet article cover image
One Bullet
page 21
The Thief Collector article cover image
The Thief Collector
pages 21-22
Gumbo Coalition article cover image
Gumbo Coalition
page 23
Innocence article cover image
page 23
My Name is Happy article cover image
My Name is Happy
pages 24-26
A Story of Bones article cover image
A Story of Bones
page 26
Rachel’s Farm article cover image
Rachel’s Farm
pages 27-28
Deep Rising article cover image
Deep Rising
page 27
Taking Back Our Beach article cover image
Taking Back Our Beach
page 28
The Endangered Generation? article cover image
The Endangered Generation?
page 29
Wild Life article cover image
Wild Life
page 29
Special Event article cover image
Special Event
page 30
Doc Edge Superhero 2023 Annie Goldson article cover image
Doc Edge Superhero 2023 Annie Goldson
pages 31-33
The Roxy Cinema article cover image
The Roxy Cinema
pages 35-38
Finding Her Beat article cover image
Finding Her Beat
page 39
Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life article cover image
Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life
page 40
Knowing the Score article cover image
Knowing the Score
page 41
Love to Love you, Donna Summer article cover image
Love to Love you, Donna Summer
pages 41-42
20 Days in Mauripol article cover image
20 Days in Mauripol
page 42
Eat Bitter article cover image
Eat Bitter
page 43
Praying for Armageddon article cover image
Praying for Armageddon
pages 44-45
Into the Shaolin article cover image
Into the Shaolin
page 44
The Pawnshop article cover image
The Pawnshop
pages 45-49
Little Gems Session One article cover image
Little Gems Session One
page 50
Little Gems Session Two article cover image
Little Gems Session Two
page 51
Little Gems Session Three article cover image
Little Gems Session Three
page 52
Little Gems Session Three article cover image
Little Gems Session Three
page 53
Virtual Cinema article cover image
Virtual Cinema
page 54
Virtual Cinema article cover image
Virtual Cinema
page 55