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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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Wildcat

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 1981

Wildcat is the story of the timberworkers struggle and it’s bitter aftermath told by the workers themselves – bushmen from Kaingaroa, millhands from Kawerau and Waipa, stacker drivers from Kinleith: Maori and Pakeha, novices and old-time union battlers.

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Discontent amongst timberworks over the running of their union had been simmering for years. Members accused the national executive of exerting dictatorial control and of making deals with management which left timberworkers with some of the lowest wages and worst conditions in the country.

In 1977 this anger erupted in the growth of a remarkable rank-and-file movement aiming to oust the incumbent leadership and bring democracy to the union.

Workers from six major sites in the South Auckland region banded together to form the Combined Council of Delegates and began a series of actions climaxing in a full-scale strike which brought the timber industry to a standstill.

“Wildcat is something of a landmark in New Zealand film-making… Throughout the saga and this film epic proportions are reached at all times, the intelligence, the wit, and the articulation of this group of predominantly Polynesian workers makes one wonder… There are even moments of genuine lyricism, for example, when the strikers gather food for themselves and their families, when one can suddenly imagine oneself in the midst of revolution.”

-Paul Maunder, Sequence (Wellington Film Society)

SKU 027004

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When a Warrior Dies

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 52 mins
Year: 1992

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour (July 10, 1985) was an act of aggression which exposed this country to the unwholesome realities of international diplomacy.
Following the bombing, a decision had to be made about what to do with the ship. When it became obvious that restoration was financially unviable, it was decided to sink the ship in a position to allow access for divers.

The question was – where ?

Enthusiastic interest shown by Dover Samuels and the Ngati Kura people of Matauri Bay in Northland led to the Warrior coming to rest in the waters off the island of Motutapere.

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The Warrior is a reminder and tribute to the ideals and dreams of pacifism and conservation. However, she is only accessible to a select few. In an attempt to create a memorial accessible to all comers, the people of Matauri Bay commissioned internationally recognised NZ sculptor Chris Booth to create a large freestanding sculpture of stone overlooking the last resting place of the ship.

SKU: 012001

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Try Revolution

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 2006

Try Revolution tells the story of how the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand impacted on South Africa.

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In this one hour documentary South Africans from Archbishop Desmond Tutu through to ordinary rugby fans talk about how the games, the images, the reports and the conversations that surrounded “The Tour” affected them personally and helped to change the apartheid system.

The 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand had been greatly anticipated by the rugby mad white community of South Africa. New Zealand was their most cherished rival and this tour was going to be live on television…a first for South Africa. So when they tuned into the first broadcast, the Hamilton match, and saw hundreds of protestors standing on the field they went into a kind of collective shock.

Try Revolution explores what happened over the ensuing months and indeed years as the impact of the “The Tour” was fully realised. From a prison mate of Nelson Mandela to the Captain of the ’81 Springboks, the documentary uncovers how the actions of the New Zealand protestors were perceived, understood, and used to help in the struggle against the apartheid regime.

Finalist Best Documentary NZ Screen Awards 2007

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SKU 021003

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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

Home Use Price: $35.00
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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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