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The Last Western Heretic

Price: NZ$40.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 71 mins
Year: 2007
Rating: Exempt

The last western heretic is a timely and enthralling insight into the ideas and philosophies of the New Zealander described by the BBC as “the last living heretic”.

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New Zealand’s very own Lloyd Geering, now 89 and still deeply involved in the debate of ideas about life and religion, and latterly, the very survival of human beings and the planet to which we belong.

Geering is New Zealand’s foremost theologian; a long-standing Presbyterian minister who doesn’t believe in a personal God, a man of the church who fearlessly challenges all Christian and secular ideas, and was once famously and controversially tried for heresy – or as it was formally called: “doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church”.

The lively octogenarian with a sharp intellect is a NZ icon who was one of the key intellectual figures of our nation throughout the last half of the 20th century.

The documentary explores his world view in a series of controversial and richly illustrated statements, and in doing so, makes simple and comprehensible the powerful theological and cultural ideas underpinning western civilisation.

This film captures the ideas and philosophy of an influential New Zealander, and offers an insight into how our beliefs and assumptions developed and where they might go in the future.

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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?

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Leaving the Exclusive Brethren

Price: NZ$42.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 44 mins
Year: 2005

Leaving the Exclusive Brethren presents true stories of individuals and families who have fallen from grace and been excommunicated from the Exclusive Brethren.

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These are heartbreaking stories of men and women who are cast aside by those closest and dearest in the name of God. We meet families torn apart by this sect, a sect that ironically holds the family as the most fundamental of institutions.

People who were told they could no longer be a member of their family because of their choice of partner, faith or lifestyle.

Houston International Film Festival 2006 – Silver Award 2006

US International Film and Video Festival 2006 – Certificate for Creative Excellence 2006

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Jesus: The Cold Case

Price: NZ$40.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 89 mins
Year: 2012

Award winning director and documentary maker Bryan Bruce takes on the ultimate cold case – who killed Jesus and why? He visits the scenes of the crime, and talks with some of the world leading experts on the historical Jesus including Geza Vermes, Prof.John Dominic Crossan, Prof. Elaine Pagels, Dr. Helen Bond, and Bishop John Shelley Spong.

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What he discovers is the shocking truth of how a lie told in the first century about the Jewish people being responsible for the death of Jesus was used to change a Gospel of Love into a Theology of Hate.
Based on the book of the same name written by Bryan Bruce published by Random House (NZ) Ltd.

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