Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signpost
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Director: Luit Bieringa
Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressive record of who we are and have been, now sits for the camera herself.
Contemplating her career with amusement and gratitude, she speaks as one for whom photography is as natural and indispensable as seeing or remembering. Luit Bieringa, first-time filmmaker and curator of the superb touring retrospective, intercuts her testimony with cordial interjections from friends, family and other well-informed admirers - and shows us the photos. Drawn to big public occasions, she’s rarely interested in big public figures. Her images are captured at the peripheries of official activity and are all the more piquant for that. Framed by a conversation with Hone Tuwhare, the film roundly acknowledges the progressive role her work played in 60s counterculture and in the cultural renaissance of Maori.
This 72 minute documentary is the extended festival version of Luit Bieringa’s film, commissioned by TVNZ and joins in celebrating a great New Zealand image-maker.
Festivals and Awards
Finalist Qantas Media Awards 2007
Winner of Media Peace Award 2007
Screened in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2007
Screened in the Tahiti International Film Festival
Screened in the Hawaii International Film Festival
Screened daily in Holland in association with Ans Westra Exhibition "Handboek" 2006
Screened in New Zealand in association with Ans Westra Exhibition "Handboek" 2007/8
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