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World Class? Inside NZ Education

Price: NZ$40.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 45 mins approx.
Year: 2016

“The New Zealand education system is broken and we need to start fixing it today if we want to have a prosperous future tomorrow.”

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Bryan Bruce was a teacher for 10 years before he become an award winning documentary maker. He believes the switch to self-managing schools has proved a disaster for children living in poorer areas of our country, that the way we administer our public schools is getting in the way of teachers doing their job and that to produce creative young thinkers from our schools we need to radically change the way we assess the talents and abilities of our children.

What is the purpose of public education? Are we teaching our children in the way that will best prepare them for a future that no one can predict?

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What’s Really in Our Food

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 45 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

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Take a peek at the ingredient list of your favourite snack food and try to pronounce some of those multi-syllabic words. Do you know what soy lecithin, aspartame and sodium benzoate are? Unless you have a chemistry degree, the ingredient list is another language altogether. Additives and processed foods have radically changed the quality of our food, making it nutritionally cheap. With such massive chemical adulteration of the food we eat, we ask : how safe are these chemical cocktails in our “groceries”? Although we like to adopt the moral high ground and assume food ìbastardisationî is something happening elsewhere and not to the food we produce here in New Zealand, in fact more than 4,000 additives are added to the food we eat on a daily basis. Compare this with the 3,000 added to foods sold throughout North America. Furthermore, 38% of the food colours allowed in New Zealand are banned overseas. As a result, New Zealanders who eat a diet comprising mostly processed food, consume more than 100 different additives a day. We hear from Kiwi’s whose lives have radically changed by kicking the additives, draw heavily on experts with the most up to date research, conduct our own tests and follow a family as they learn about what they are really tucking into, and discover that New Zealanders are consuming a potentially alarming amount of harmful additives.

SKU: 005002

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Titless Wonders

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 14:9
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 2001

Gaylene Preston calls her new documentary ‘an upfront exploration of the emotional discoveries of women with breast cancer’.

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Ever alert to the potential of a joke to encapsulate the surprising or inconvenient truth, Preston’s effrontery in calling her film Titless Wonders goes hand-in-glove with the painful personal nature of the task she has set herself.

She’s seen women in her family die from breast cancer and others survive, and she has spent the last six years watching her friend Shirley Grace overtaken by the disease. The subject of her film is coping with the utterly destabilising nature of life-threatening illness, and she prompts a range of women to tell her just how they have managed – and not managed.

Grace’s daughter Aimee reads from her mother’s diary, providing the film’s one account of the alternative medicine route. Irihapeti Ramsden talks of burying a breast in the garden and throwing a party. One woman was so relieved not t be diagnosed with lung cancer that she thought she got off lightly.

In the case of dancer, Jan Bolwell, trauma and resolution are vividly enacted in her dance piece Off My Chest, which is woven through out the film. Other survival measures are much more prosaic, but all move towards a measure of post-diagnosis identity expressed at his most dramatically assured by Jan Bolwell in the photograph that appears on this page.

Listening to their stories it’s impossible not to be struck by how vitally necessary such discourse is for the ill – and how it is denied like a contagion by the well and by the wannabe well. Shirley Grace died a few days into the new millennium, and this film, dedicated to her memory, gives her the support group she never had and the conversations that might have enriched her suffering.

BILL GOSDEN Director, New Zealand Film Festival

SKU 015002

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Thin Ice Extended Edition

Price: from NZ$35.00

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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

Home Use Price: $35.00
Institutions Price:$92.00

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Sisters From Siberia

Price: NZ$35.95

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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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Primary Health Care

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 24 mins
Year: 1981
Rating: Exempt

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This video shares the experiences of four Primary Health Care services; Urenui and Districts Emergency and Health Group; Newtown Union Health Service; Eketahuna Health Centre; Te Whare Rapuora Ki Porirua.

The members of these services show their enthusiasm for the primary health care approach, in providing information and ideas on how their
services were started and the issues community groups confront when they become involved in health care.

In rural Taranaki and Eketahuna, urban Newtown and Porirua health service were failing. The local people responded – overcame the obstacles & developed unique and appropriate primary health care services.

SKU: 004007

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