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War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1995
Rating: [G]

Extraordinary true love stories set during the Second World War.

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There’s something about the way old woman talk about their lives that tells it like it was with no apologies. This is certainly true for the subjects of WAR STORIES – Our Mothers Never Told Us.

Byron wrote: “Love is of man’s life a thing apart, T’is a woman’s whole existence”.

Photographed against black velvet, lit by Alun Bollinger, One of New Zealand’s top cinematographers, these women tell bitter sweet tales of grief, laughter, love and loneliness.

New Zealand had a small population – just over 1.5 million people in 1939. Over the war years, thousands upon thousands of young men left to fight a war which was raging in places hardly any of them had heard of. Most of the women, young and old, stayed behind only to find their lives turned upside down. What had once been acceptable behaviour was often now out of the question. More importantly the opposite was also true. Many secrets were kept as the social order flipped and left exposed the private fears and prejudices of people.

“Loose tongues cost lives”
“Keep it under your hat”

In a country where not a shot was fired, wartime slogans in a strange way seem to mirror the private reality for many women who felt obliged to send the boys off to the front “happy” and to entertain American servicemen on leave from the Pacific.

Many of them were bringing up small children of their own, and suffering from the double standard of time which created an enormous rift between public and personal realities.

Then the boys came home and nothing was the same. The experience had changed them and the women too. How things were, was not how they were meant to be. An entire generation of New Zealanders, in a desperate bid to recreate “normal”, seem to have kept an enormous secret.

Since the 1950’s the silence in some ways has been deafening.

Now in their late 70’s and 80’s, against a backdrop of stills, montages and archive moving picture, surrounded by music they all danced to so splendidly, these women are ready to tell.

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Utu Redux

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In 1870s New Zealand, Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), a Maori scout for the colonial troops, finds his tribe massacred by the army he is working for. Anguished and betrayed, he vows to exact retribution—Utu—on the Pakeha.

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Arguably the most ambitious and culturally important film to be made in New Zealand, Utu Redux restores and reconstructs the original 1983 classic with a heightened epic power that will enthrall nostalgic and contemporary audiences alike.

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
Restored transfer of director Geoff Murphy’s redux cut of the film • Re-mixed 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack • “Making Utu”, Gaylene Preston’s 1983 documentary (48m.) • “Revisiting Utu” Featurette • Promo Scene Clips • Trailer • 16-page Collector’s Booklet

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Then & Now, a Century of New Zealand Soldiering

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 48 mins
Year: 2001

This documentary explores life in the Army over the past 100 years, with a special emphasis on overseas action we have been involved in, starting with the Boer War.

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This is the second in Execam’s series on the NZ Army.

Interviews with surviving veterans of World War 1 are a strong feature of this programme. It’s a social history as well, looking at the trades which make up work in the Army as well as the front line fighting duties.

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The Time of Our Lives

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 45 mins
Year: 2007

On the road to the NZ Memorial in London with 32 war veterans and Dave Dobbyn.

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When they were young they went off on the big adventure, now they are back on the road again to the dedication of the New Zealand Memorial in London remembering ‘the TIME of our Lives’.

5 November 2006, 32 New Zealand war veterans gather in the morning at Ohakea Airport. Maori and Pakeha, they’ve been selected by ballot from all the Services.

They’re flying to London for the dedication of ‘Southern stand’ – The New Zealand War Memorial that has been installed at Hyde Park Corner.

They’ll represent more than quarter of a million New Zealand men and women who fought and served in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past century: the 28,000 who lost their lives in that service: and present day New Zealanders too at home and abroad.

Gaylene Preston joined them and filmed them on a journey very different from the one many had set out on 60 years ago. They remember and reminisce – battles, friends and brothers lost, new friendships, dangers they had passed and love in a time of war. Sometimes they reflect on the meaning of it all and the pity of it.
And they shop for a Marks and Sparks jersey or a top hat, ring their wives (often), do their washing and wait – everyday things that we all do because it’s peace time.

But on the day, when Hyde Park Corner is tied down by anti terrorist soldiers and helicopters and security is water tight because of an other war: when Dave Dobbyn sings of home: when the Queen and Her family come to salute them – and us all back home: when the haka roars out across the Hyde Park Corner traffic, the veterans march again with a pride in their past and their present – which is our pride too.

WINNER at the Qantas Television Awards 2007
Best Popular Documentary

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The Third Richard

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 81 mins
Year: 2008
Rating: Exempt

The story of a composer. Banned by the Nazis, ignored in New Zealand, his music never heard… until now.

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Richard Fuchs was a composer believed by his father to be the third Richard, successor to Strauss and Wagner.

He loved German culture above all others. Unfortunately German culture hated him. His music was banned by the Nazis and he was banished, so he fled to the last bus stop in the world, the booming monotone of New Zealand in the 1940s. No longer persecuted, just ignored. A man out of place and out of time. An enemy in Germany because he was Jewish and an enemy alien in war-time New Zealand becaus he was German.

60 after his death his work is getting international acclaim. Danny Mulheron, his grandson, discovers the life and work of Richard Fuchs.

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The Green Guerillas

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 30 mins
Year: 1995

The struggle of the indigenous people of the Philippines, together with the nationally-organised revolutionary movement, to save the last remaining rain forests.

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The film was shot in December 1994, in the ancestral domain of the Mandaya, a tribal people of south east Mindanao.

It depicts the work of the guerillas of the New People’s Army, NPA in a Mandaya community, as the people of the mountains prepare to enforce a ban on all commercial logging.

A fresh perspective on the interdependent themes of environmental protection, indigenous culture and revolution.

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