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Punitive Damage

Price: NZ$40.95

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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.

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Prospects

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 25 mins
Year: 1989

This is the story of the first campaign to save the Coromandel from mining.

In 1986 gold mining companies were keen to begin prospect drilling in some of the most beautiful parts of the Coromandel. Locals began organising to stop them. Eventually protesters occupied drilling sites making it impossible for the prospecting to continue despite the intervention of the police.

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The media attention given to the protest campaign soon led the then Labour government to ban mining on the Coromandel and to the creation of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act which extended the same protection to other iconic parts of New Zealand.

It lasted two decades before a National government led by John Key in 2010, wanted to let the miners back in.

The film looks at the effects of the Waihi gold mine on the environment and Waihi township. It shows the effects of mining in the 19th Century including the poisoning of streams with heavy metal leachates exuding from the mines. This leachate continues to flow into coastal waters contributing to abnormally high levels of mercury in Hauraki Gulf snapper. The mining companies took their gold and left but a toxic legacy remains for generations to come.

Prospects was screened on TVNZ as off-peak viewing but still resulted in an expensive legal battle with the gold miners who claimed they had been misrepresented, a warning perhaps to others who think they can take on the might of transnational corporations.

SKU 004006

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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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Mururoa

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 26mins
Year: 1973

In 1969 testing began above Mururoa Atoll
in the South Pacific. Nations affected by the
radioactive fallout objected. From 1972 peace activists were sailing to the forbidden testing zone hoping to disrupt the tests, and in 1973 a small protest fleet left New Zealand led by the yacht ‘Fri’.

This is the documentary of Fri’s protest voyage as it happened and narrated by her crew. For thirteen weeks Fri sailed in the test zone focussing international media interest on the testing through ham radio transmissions. Eventually, boarded and arrested in international waters by French marines, the vessel was towed and anchored in the lagoon of Mururoa itself.

The crew were flown to house arrest on another island but the raw film of the voyage and boarding remained hidden in the cargo hold while two of France’s last atmospheric tests were exploded at the other end of the atoll.

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Black and white.
Made with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council
Remastered by Abi King-Jones and the Community Media Trust in 2009.

SKU: 004008

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In A Land of Plenty

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 105 mins
Year: 2002

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

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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.

SKU 004002

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Hot Air

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 93 mins
Year: 2014

The politics of climate change in New Zealand.

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During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Climate change was put on the world’s political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At first it seemed easy for the government to take appropriate action, but soon the big industrial emitters got organised. Top lobbyists were hired, political donations given and veiled and explicit threats made to key politicians including successive prime ministers.

Scientists and environmental activists struggled to be heard against an orchestrated campaign of “doubt” financed by New Zealand’s biggest corporations. The farming lobby joined the fight. Policies were diluted or abandoned as successive governments tried to make progress. The democratic processes of political parties, elections and the role of the media were manipulated during a twenty year struggle to control carbon emissions.

Is it possible for a small democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of the age?

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