Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The Boy Who Flies’ Director Got His Wings In New Zealand

THE BOY WHO FLIES.COM

NEWS RELEASE

JUNE 27 2013

The Boy Who Flies’ Director Got His Wings In New Zealand

Benjamin Jordan, the Director and co-star of the award winning documentary “The Boy Who Flies”, a story about teaching a stranger in Malawi to ‘fly’, was taught to paraglide in Auckland ten years ago. In 2003, Ben arrived in New Zealand from Toronto to face a fear and challenge himself. Little did he know that conquering his fears in the sky would inspire him to first, complete and document an 8,000 km skateboard journey across Canada, raising funds and generating awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Then to go on to make a book and film about flying his powered paraglider in a World Record breaking 10,000 km back across his homeland. Jordan used these documentaries to raise funds to send children from low income homes to camps, which he visited along his journey, sharing his motivational message about facing our fears and following our dreams.

July 6th marks Malawian Independence Day and the release of "The Boy Who Flies", a feature length documentary following Jordan's adventures into the heart of Africa where he instigates Godfrey Masauli's potentially deadly quest to release the weight of poverty, social taboos and self doubt, by taking to the skies. In doing so, Jordan is confronted with unsettling truths about his own racial and cultural identity.

Winner of Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Special Jury award at the New Zeland Mountain Film Festival, and part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, "The Boy Who Flies" was uniquely shot on tiny, often concealed cameras, delivering deep authentic interactions with its subjects while capturing raw emotion seldom seen in higher budget documentaries. An upbeat, follow-your-dreams film at heart, Jordan's ‘Director’s Cut’ holds no bars, including critical dialogue on controversial topics such as the effects of western do-gooders in Africa and the acceptance of gay marriage in Malawi.

Most recently, Godfrey Masauli delivered a powerful TED Talk in Malawi's capital city on the importance of dreams. Today, he and Benjamin are preparing European and North American tours to provide inspirational talks with motivational messages, and spread the word of their film.

Godfrey heads to the UK mid-August and will join Benjamin, late September, at North Carolina’s Appilachian State University to continue their tour and take to the northern skies.

Please visit www.theboywhoflies.com to watch the trailer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news