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Thin Ice Extended Edition

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Edition: Extended Edition with Extras
Duration: 73 minutes
Extras: 57 minutes
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
Year: 2013

A David Sington/Simon Lamb Film

Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming, filming scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. The result is both a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

Thin Ice is a joint initiative between the University of Oxford, Victoria University of Wellington and DOX Productions, London. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research.

Photographed by Simon Lamb
Edited by David Fairhead
Music by Philip Sheppard
Co-produced by Catherine Fitzgerald
Executive Producers Peter Barrett and Philip England
Directed by Simon Lamb and David Sington

SKU: 062001

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The New Right is Wrong

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A Trilogy of Films by Alister Barry

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 107/105/105 mins
Year: 1996/2002/2006

Someone Else’s Country
In a Land of Plenty
A Civilised Society

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Someone Else’s Country
During the early 1980’s, a group of rightwing economists quietly came to dominate policy development in the New Zealand Treasury.

With the election of the Labour Party in 1984 and the appointment of Roger Douglas as minister of finance, their plans were realised with the introduction of some of the most drastic economic reforms seen in a western democracy. This feature documentary tells the story of how the new right elite took power and exercised it relentlessly to turn our country into their version of the model free market state.

In a Land of Plenty
From the Great Depression of the 1930s to 1984, the first objective of economic policy was full employment.

But with the election of the Labour government in 1984 unemployment was made an instrument of economic management, to be manipulated in pursuit of other objectives.

This feature documentary tells the story of how the policies and institutions which had sustained full employment were abandoned and reconstructed to maximise the effectiveness of the new policy. The film shows the political battles fought inside and outside government and the increasing effects on the cultural, social and economic life of New Zealand as a new poverty-stricken underclass developed.

Using extensively researched archive footage and interviews with those close to the action, In a Land of Plenty traces the origins, the politics and the effects of New Zealand’s policy of unemployment through to the present day. This compelling documentary cuts through the smokescreens and spin doctoring to reveal the heart of Rogernomics and the modern free market economy.

A Civilised Society
This is the untold story of the epic struggle between teachers and the radical right during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1984 free market zealots took power intent on transforming public education. Schools were to be run as a business competing in the marketplace. Teachers passionately opposed this dog-eat-dog vision and battle was joined over the transfer of teachers’ unemployment from central government to schools, a process called ‘Bulk Funding’.

This is our history told from the front-line – parents, teachers and politicians,. We see archive footage of Treasury officials confidently espousing their theories, and ministers like Lockwood Smith forcing the changes. Board of Trustees wrestle with weighty decisions, while teachers march out of classrooms and onto the streets. Those ultimately affected – the students – face an increasingly unequal system. The struggle intensifies.

SKU 004005

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Sisters From Siberia

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 115 mins
Year: 2009
Rating: Exempt

In 2006, Wellington City Councillor Stephanie Cook succeeds, after some difficulty, in adopting two sisters from a children’s home in Siberia. Katya is nine and Nadya four when they arrive to start a new life in the suburb of Aro Valley.

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Over the next two and a half years we watch as the girls face the challenge of coping in a foreign environment, learning a new language and bonding in a family unit with their adoptive solo mum. As they do so we encounter other members of Wellington’s colourful Russian community, including a ship jumper who is now a social worker and versatile performer at the Russian Club, and an 84-year-old violin and yoga teacher whose parents were White Russian refugees. Stephanie is committed to ensuring that her daughters grow up with a strong sense of their cultural heritage. But as they become Kiwi kids, are Katya and Nadya poised to leave their Russian identity behind?

SKU 027006

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Punitive Damage

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 80 mins
Year: 1999
Rating: [M]

The story of New Zealander Helen Todd’s law suit against an Indonesian general pursued after her son, Kamal, was shot dead in the Dili massacre in East Timor in 1991.

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AWARDS
Winner, Best Documentary, 2000 Cinemanila, Philippines International Film Festival; Bronze Plaque, 48th Annual Columbus International Film and Video Festival; USA Golden Eagle, Cine 2000, USA; Pass Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency; Best Feature International Documentary Awards 2000; Los Angeles Honourable Mention International Women’s Film Festival, Turin; 2000 Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival 2000; Highly commended, New Zealand 1999 Media Peace Awards; Medianet Award; 1999 Munich Film Festival Medianet Award; 1999 Finalist, Best Feature, New Zealand Nokia Film Awards.

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FESTIVALS
Amsterdam International Documentary Festival Official Selection in competition; Encrontos Film Festival; Portugal International Film Festival, Official Selection in competition; Chicago International Film Festival Official Selection in competition; Hawaii International Film Festival Official Selection in competition; Hotdocs, Canadian International Documentary Festival Official Selection in competition; Valencia International Film Festival Critics Week; Locarno International Film Festival Official Selection; Rocky Mountain Women’s Festival; Colorado Official Selection; Melbourne International Film Festival Official Selection; Palm Springs International Film Festival Official Selection; Singapore International Film Festival Official Selection; Hong Kong International Film Festival Official Selection; Jakarta International Film Festival Official Selection; Rencontres Inter’les du Documentaire de Montréal Official Selection in competition; Turin Women’s International Film Festival Official Selection; Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago; DocAviv, Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival, Human Rights Sidebar.

SKU 022007

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OPERATION 8

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Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Run-time: 110mins
Classification: Exempt

On October 15th 2007, activists around New Zealand woke to guns in their faces. Black-clad police smashed down doors, dragging families out onto roads and detaining some without food or water. In the village of Ruatoki, helicopters hovered while locals were stopped at roadblocks. Operation 8 involved 18 months of invasive surveillance of Maori sovereignty and peace activists accused of attending terrorist training camps in the Urewera ranges – homeland of the Tuhoe people. Operation 8 asks why and how the raids took place. How did the War on Terror become a global witch-hunt of political dissenters reaching even to the South Pacific?

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“Impassioned, balanced, entertaining & hugely important” The Dominion Post [Five Stars]

“Outstanding political documentary. Meticulously constructed” ONFILM Magazine [Five Stars]

“Clear-eyed & involving. Deserves to be seen and debated.” NZ Herald [Five Stars]

Festivals
2011 World Cinema Showcase (New Zealand)
2011 AGITPROP Film festival (Philippines)
2011 Melbourne International Film Festival

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Intersexion

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 44 mins
Year: 2011

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Intersex is not uncommon, it’s just unheard of:
one in 2,000 babies is born with ambiguous genitalia and doctors cannot easily answer the question: is it a boy or a girl?

In this groundbreaking documentary intersex individuals from around the world reveal the secrets of their unconventional lives.

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