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Kiwi Films Stand Proud in Documentary Film Festival

Kiwi Films Stand Proud in Documentary Film Festival!

The Documentary New Zealand Trust presents

The 13th annual Doc Edge International Film Festival programme is now live, offering up a strong contingent of New Zealand films within its incredible programme of 74 documentaries. 5 New Zealand features and 11 short films will screen as part of Doc Edge at Wellington’s Roxy Cinema 9 – 20 May before heading to Auckland’s Q Theatre 23 May – 4 June.

Boasting a world premiere, the festival is excited to present the incredibly compelling and beautiful Symphony on Skis (NZ, Germany). Director Carla Braun-Elwert and sister, Elke, traverse the major glaciers of the Southern Alps, covering 40km and 4000 vertical metres. They journey from the heart of the South Island to the West Coast, paying homage to their late father by following in his expeditionary footsteps.

Honest, powerful and inspirational Te Awarangi ‘Awa’ is eighteen. An openly transgender teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand, Awa is currently undertaking the transition from male to female. She’s a filmmaker whose YouTube channel has thousands of views. In Born This Way: Awa’s Story, Awa intimately shows us her own process of growing up transgender; the implications of being LGBTQI+ and her road to acceptance and becoming her authentic self, both inside and out.

Stan follows Kiwi star Stan Walker as he comes face to face with one of his life’s biggest challenges - dealing with a hereditary cancer gene. A mix of humour, challenges and raw emotion, this feature follows Stan as he allows cameras to track him as he battles serious health issues with family by his side.

Painting a portrait of a recovering city - Obrero (NZ, Philippines) tells the struggles, issues and dreams of overseas Filipino workers who migrated to New Zealand for the rebuild of the city of Christchurch. Around 3000 Filipinos have been granted ‘essential skills visas’ to work for the rebuild. But workers remain penniless for a year, paying large recruitment fees.

Set in South Auckland, Salamasina’s Daughters follows two Samoan female chiefs, specifically orators (tulafale), in a role traditionally for men only. Director Aruna Po-Chingfollows a 73-year old grandmother and cultural language teacher as they encounter challenges when speaking as a tulafale, and how they utilise their titles to serve their family and community.

Leading with music and dry humour through a heartfelt human tragedy Dealin’ With the Devil takes us on a musical ride from the roots of American blues in the Mississippi Delta, across the oceans to a blues crossroads epiphany in New Zealand. Phil Davison (and alter ego Dr. Marigaux), uses music and animation to conjure the spirits of influencing blues artists, and reanimate the person who most influenced his musical past, New Zealand bluesman Ralph Bennett-Eades.

Other Kiwi features this year include Julia Sloane of ‘Real Housewives,’ Let’s Talk About Sex, taking us on an adventure through the world of Kiwi sexuality. A Home In This Worldsees Derek Arden Challis, the secret child of one of our finest writer journalists, exploring the state of mind of his mother - Robin Hyde. Edible Paradise | Growing the Food Forest Revolution follows the dream of greening post-quake Canterbury. The Indus – A Pakistani Odyssey, tracks Extreme kayakers Kiwi Olympian Mike Dawson and Spaniard Aniol Serrasolses, as they head to Pakistan with Franco-Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau, to attempt a descent of the fabled Rondu Gorge on Pakistan’s Indus River.


9-20 May - Doc Edge Festival: Wellington – Roxy Cinema, Miramar
23 May - 4 June - Doc Edge Festival: Auckland – Q Theatre, CBD
18 May - Screen Edge Forum: Wellington – Park Road Post, Miramar
25-27 May - Screen Edge Forum: Auckland – University of Auckland, CBD

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