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Te Pito o te Henua

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 30 mins
Year: 1993

The story of Easter Island, Te Pito o te Henua or Rapanui, is a powerful parable of our time.

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Some seven or eight hundred years ago the humans on the Earth’s most far-flung settlement chopped down the very last tree.

A modern Polynesian investigator travels back in time to find out how it was possible for his ancestors to ruthlessly destroy their entire world and themselves with it.

He calls on the memory of the island’s discoverer Hotu Matua, who returns as a ghost to see for himself the deeds of his descendants. The two visitors also discover an amazing cultural antidote to the sickness of civilisation.

SKU 028001

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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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Sedition: The Suppression of Dissent in World War II New Zealand

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 140 mins
Year: 2005
Rating: Exempt

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After the carnage of World War I many New Zealanders formed a movement committed to rejecting war as a means of settling international disputes.

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When World War II broke out, government and pacifists were on a collision course; and Communists, too, were actively opposed to New Zealand’s involvement in the war. The government would brook no dissent. Anti-war campaigners were fined and imprisoned, and eight hundred conscientious objectors were incarcerated in detention camps for the duration of the war. Sedition tells their story.

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Sand Dancer

Price: NZ$20.40

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 11 mins
Year: 2006
Rating: Exempt

You have to be quick to catch the Sand Dancer, Peter Donnelly, creating his masterpieces on the beaches of New Zealand.

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People come from all over the world to see Sand Artist Peter Donnelly create vast artworks on New Brighton beach in New Zealand.

Racing against the tide, Peter has only 3 hours to complete each work before the first waves wash it away. Because of the sheer size of the art, Peter is unable to see the results of his work at ground level.

He does not use any plotting tools or visual aids. This film is about what compels a man to spend his life creating art on the beach which is washed away each day and why we are drawn to watch him. This film will leave you feeling very happy about life.

Film Awards and Honours

Winner – Audience Choice Award Golden Horse International Film Festival Taipei 2006

Winner – Best Documentary Magma International Film Festival New Zealand 2006

Winner – Best Documentary Foursite Film Festival Utah USA March 2007

Finalist Nominee – Best Culture and Environment Film Wet West Film Festival NZ 2007

Honourable Mention, Best short documentary award – Tribeca Film Festival New York USA May 2007

Diploma of Excellence – Matsalu Nature Film Festival Estonia Europe 2007

Finalist – Best Documentary Heart of Gold International Film Festival Australia 2007

Special Selection, Best of Five world shorts
Tribeca Summertimes -The Rockefeller Centre New York City USA 2007

Official Selection and screenings for Competition at over 40 film festivals world wide Sand Dancer Worldwide Screenings include Milan, Cannes, London, Denmark Korea and NYC

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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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OPERATION 8

Price: NZ$29.95

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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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