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    2018 DOC EDGE FESTIVAL

    09 – 20 May | Roxy Cinema WELLINGTON
    23 May – 04 June | Q Theatre AUCKLAND

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    2018 DOC EDGE FESTIVAL

    09 – 20 May | Roxy Cinema WELLINGTON
    23 May – 04 June | Q Theatre AUCKLAND

The Russian Job

Czech Republic | 2017 | 65 min | Czech,English,Russian,Swedish | Petr Horký

In this satirical look at a Lada factory, a microcosm of contemporary Russia, people want revolution — as long as nothing changes.

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The Oslo Diaries

Israel,Canada | 2018 | 98 min | English,Arabic,Hebrew | Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

A portrait of diplomacy and of individuals who, fundamentally opposed, nonetheless found common ground and came to regard their counterparts as friend

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The Rape of Recy Taylor

United States | 2017 | 91 min | English | Nancy Buirski

70 years after Recy Taylor, a Black American woman, was raped by six white men, the state of Alabama issued an apology for not prosecuting her attacke

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A Home in This World

New Zealand | 2018 | 15 min | English | Juanita Deely

Derek, the secret child of one of our finest writer-journalists, explores the state of mind of his mother, Robin Hyde, as she plans a bush hideawayjus

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A Murder In Mansfield

United States | 2017 | 88 min | English | Barbara Kopple

In 1990, the testimony of 12-year-old Collier Landry sealed his father’s fate when a jury convicted the doctor of murdering his mother. 25 years lat

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The Invisible Heart

Canada | 2018 | 80 min | English | Nadine Pequeneza

An unusual cast of characters attempts to tackle everything from academic failure to homelessness and crime.

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A Cambodian Spring

Cambodia,Ireland,Canada,United Kingdom | 2017 | 126 min | Khmer | Christopher Kelly

An intimate, visceral portrait of two young mothers and a 'multi-media' monk caught up in the chaotic wave of land-rights protests that led to the 201

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The Gospel According to André

United States | 2017 | 94 min | English | Kate Novack

André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the bounda

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The Other Side of Everything

Serbia,France,Qatar | 2017 | 104 min | Serbian | Mila Turajlic

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from its past for over 70 years.

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The Same

Serbia | 2017 | 17 min | Serbian | Dejan Petrovic

Finding beauty in the work of prisoners, Dejan Petrovic portrays jail as a metaphor for society, and asks: How much freedom do we really have?

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The Long Season

Netherlands | 2017 | 90 min | Arabic | Leonard Retel Helmrich

School classes, a wedding day celebration and family battles combine to offer a sense of fragile normality in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, where refugees a

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Believer

United States | 2018 | 101 min | English | Don Argott

Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, and Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, create a festival to encourage the Mormon church to change its att

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Knife Skills

United States | 2017 | 40 min | English | Thomas Lennon

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison?
Everyone has so

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To Be Or Not To Be

New Zealand | 2017 | 11 min | English | Jing Chen

A conversation with musician and busker Luke Hurley about the influences and choices which shape his music and lyrics.

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Obrero

New Zealand,Philippines | 2018 | 28 min | Filipino,English | Norman Zafra

Obrero ('worker') tells of the struggles and dreams of the Filipinos who are rebuilding Christchurch.

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Same

Serbia | 2017 | 17 min | Serbian | Dejan Petrovic

Finding beauty in the work of prisoners, Dejan Petrovic portrays jail as a metaphor for society, and asks: How much freedom do we really have?

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Big in Japan

Australia,Japan | 2018 | 95 min | English | Lachlan McLeod, Louis Dai, David Elliot-Jones

Three Aussie filmmakers ship their lives to Tokyo on an outrageous DIY mission to make 'ordinary' Dave famous. But how far must they go to reach the m

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Edith+Eddie

United States | 2017 | 30 min | English | Laura Checkoway

Edith and Eddie, 96 and 95 respectively, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to

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Caviar Dreams

United States | 2017 | 15 min | English | Liv Dubendorf, Brian Gersten, Wei Ying

What's so special about caviar? Three directors weave a tapestry of tales that leave you knowing more than you ever thought possible about this unique

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Hello Salaam

Netherlands,Greece | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Kim Brand

Two Dutch children visit a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. What is it like to live in such a camp when you are a child?

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Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets

Norway | 2016 | 33 min | Mari Bakke Riise

Eight-year-old Bamunu hasn’t seen her family since she left home to work as a “living shopping cart”. Longing to escape the harsh markets, she j

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Inside The Indus — A Pakistani Odyssey

New Zealand,Spain,France | 2017 | 27 min | English | Ciarán Heurteau

Extreme kayakers Kiwi Mike Dawson and Spaniard Aniol Serrasolses head to Pakistan with Franco-Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau, to attempt a descent o

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George Michael: Freedom: The Directors’ Cut

United Kingdom | 2018 | 113 min | English | George Michael, David Austin

George Michael strove to be one of the most influential recording artists of all time – so why did he then step out of the limelight and turn his ba

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Salamasina’s Daughters

New Zealand | 2017 | 14 min | English | Aruna Po-Ching

In South Auckland, two Samoan women take on a role traditionally for men only — as tulafale (orator).

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Searching For The Bone People

New Zealand | 2017 | 29 min | English,French | Zihán Chang

Mathilde Caër, a young French Literature scholar, comes to New Zealand in search of Keri Hulme, her long-time literary heroine. Hulme’s writing is

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Spielberg

United States | 2018 | 147 min | English | Susan Lacy

Steven Spielberg opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with filmmaking, covering precocious early TV work, blockbusters, mor

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Kailash

United States | 2018 | 92 min | English,Hindi | Derek Doneen

Controversial Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades fighting for an end to child labour in India. But it’s dangerous w

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Other Side of Everything

Serbia,France,Qatar | 2017 | 104 min | Serbian | Mila Turajlic

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from its past for over 70 years.

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Coco’s

New Zealand | 2017 | 14 min | English | Ella Wells

'Be Kind' is the mantra and ethos of K Rd's Coco's Cantina, where sisters Renee and Damaris Coulter serve homestyle Italian food – with an unconvent

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Born This Way: Awa’s Story

New Zealand | 2017 | 40 min | English | Mitchell Hawkes

18-year-old Awa began the hormone component of her transition from male to female four years ago — an act of courage, and a journey to becoming her

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Edible Paradise | Growing the Food Forest Revolution

New Zealand | 2018 | 62 min | English | Rich Humphreys

The dream of greening post-quake Canterbury, by saving heritage fruit and nut varieties from the bulldozers, and ensuring genetic diversity, medical b

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Recruiting for Jihad

Norway | 2017 | 81 min | Norwegian,English,Arabic,Danish | Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen, Adel Khan Farooq

When police seize documentary footage of a famous Norwegian jihadi extremist, filmmakers take their battle for press freedom all the way to the countr

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Stan

New Zealand | 2018 | 65 min | English | Mitchell Hawkes

Much-loved NZ music idol and actor Stan Walker allows cameras to follow him for months as he battles serious health issues, with family by his side.

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Integral Man

Canada | 2016 | 62 min | English | Joseph Clement

He’s a concert-level violinist, calculus professor, philanthropist, and gay rights activist — a modern day renaissance man. His house, like its ow

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Nests of Gold

Canada | 2017 | 19 min | English,Tagalog,Cantonese | Alan Poon

From remote island caves in the Philippines to a 3 Michelin star restaurant, cinematographer Alan Poon follows the journey of one of the world's most

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Far From The Tree

United States | 2017 | 93 min | English | Rachel Dretzin

An inspiring look at the difficulties and rewards of both raising and being a child whose life is vastly different from that of his or her parents.

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Gospel According to André

United States | 2017 | 94 min | English | Kate Novack

André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the bounda

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Home in This World

New Zealand | 2018 | 15 min | English | Juanita Deely

Derek, the secret child of one of our finest writer-journalists, explores the state of mind of his mother, Robin Hyde, as she plans a bush hideawayjus

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Golden Dawn Girls

Norway,Finland | 2017 | 93 min | English,Greek,Norwegian | Håvard Bustnes

When the members of Greece’s Golden Dawn Party are imprisoned and accused of heading a criminal organization, their daughters, wives and mothers ste

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Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time

Netherlands,Papua New Guinea | 2017 | 90 min | Persian,English,Kurdish | Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani

Two journalists examine how the Manus Island detention centre is governed and what locals think about the existence of the camp on their island.

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Rock-Paper-Scissors

New Zealand | 2018 | 22 min | English | Antony Kitchener, Simin Littschwager

Stavros Kyriakides creates delicately-balanced rock and driftwood sculptures along Wellington’s rugged south coast, complementing the area’s natur

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For the Love of Dog

England | 2016 | 9 min | English | Kylie Cushman

Why are dogs called "Man’s Best Friend"?
Kylie Cushman explores the age-old relationship between human and hound with hilarious, heart-warming an

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Kings of Baxter

Australia | 2017 | 66 min | English | Jack Yabsley

A challenging and emotional journey of young offenders and their teachers as they embark on a landmark programme to stage Shakespeare’s Macbeth

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Deighties: Dating In Your Eighties

Australia | 2017 | 8 min | English | Mason Fleming

Having lost his wife 18 months earlier, octogenarian Phil decides he no longer wishes to be alone. So he embarks on a quest to find new love.

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Lessons From a School Shooting

United States | 2018 | 22 min | English | Kim A. Snyder

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a local clergymen receives a letter from a priest in Dunblane, Scotland, which suffered an e

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Newtown

United States | 2016 | 84 min | English | Kim A. Snyder

Unique access and never before heard testimonies tell of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history — an int

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Kicking All Odds

Palestine | 2017 | 21 min | Arabic | Hanny Lee

Despite religious, economic, and political hardships, Christian and Muslim women forge a Palestinian national soccer team.

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Andy’s Promise

Netherlands | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Nathalie Crum

13-year-old Andy made a promise to his grandfather and mother: never to abandon the military band which was their pride and joy. But the band will com

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Postcards from India — A Busker’s Adventure

Italy,United Kingdom | 2017 | 75 min | English,Hindi | Tommaso Dolcetta Capuzzo

Crossing paths with fellow musicians, spiritual seekers and street kids, reggae-loving busker 'Miserable Man' observes contrasts in Indian society –

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Hope Road

Australia | 2017 | 102 min | English | Tom Zubrycki

Sudanese refugee Zac has a passion to build a school in his former homeland. But when his relationship crumbles, he needs all his resources to keep hi

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Oslo Diaries

Israel,Canada | 2018 | 98 min | English,Arabic,Hebrew | Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

A portrait of diplomacy and of individuals who, fundamentally opposed, nonetheless found common ground and came to regard their counterparts as friend

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Mermaids

Canada | 2017 | 76 min | English | Ali Weinstein

Five modern-day sirens dive deep into theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios and the ocean, aiming to escape reality and transform themselves i

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Complicit

United States,China,Hong Kong | 2017 | 90 min | Chinese | Heather White

Yi Yeting, a benzene victim-turned-activist, discovers two dozen leukaemia cases among Foxconn workers making Apple products in China. He vows to educ

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Kim Swims

United States | 2017 | 75 min | English | Kate Webber

Kiwi expat Kim Chambers chases her biggest dream: to be the first woman to swim solo through 50 kilometres of freezing, swirling currents and the worl

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Thank You For The Rain

United Kingdom,Norway | 2017 | 88 min | English | Julia Dahr

Kisilu Musya documents the roller-coaster ride of flash floods and devastating droughts affecting his Kenyan village, and takes his message to the UN.

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Murder in Mansfield

United States | 2017 | 88 min | English | Barbara Kopple

In 1990, the testimony of 12-year-old Collier Landry sealed his father’s fate when a jury convicted the doctor of murdering his mother. 25 years lat

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Cambodian Spring

Cambodia,Ireland,Canada,United Kingdom | 2017 | 126 min | Khmer | Christopher Kelly

An intimate, visceral portrait of two young mothers and a 'multi-media' monk caught up in the chaotic wave of land-rights protests that led to the 201

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Anote’s Ark

Canada | 2018 | 77 min | English | Matthieu Rytz

Anote Tong, endearing President of Kiribati, advocates in international forums and investigates building underwater cities. Meanwhile, Sermary must de

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Genesis 2.0

Switzerland | 2018 | 113 min | Russian,Korean,English | Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

The secrets and mysteries hidden within nature reveal fundamental differences in views of creation and humankind’s role in it. Past and future, supe

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Russian Job

Czech Republic | 2017 | 65 min | Czech,English,Russian,Swedish | Petr Horký

In this satirical look at a Lada factory, a microcosm of contemporary Russia, people want revolution — as long as nothing changes.

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Point Of No Return

United States | 2017 | 95 min | English | Quinn Kanaly, Noel Dockstader

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its

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Long Season

Netherlands | 2017 | 90 min | Arabic | Leonard Retel Helmrich

School classes, a wedding day celebration and family battles combine to offer a sense of fragile normality in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, where refugees a

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Deaf Child

Netherlands | 2017 | 71 min | Dutch | Alex De Ronde

Tobias lives in two worlds: one in need, the other as a fish in water. Director Alex de Ronde examines his choices in raising a deaf child. Ultimately

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I Am Another You

United States | 2017 | 82 min | English | Nanfu Wang

As immigrant Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang delves into the world of charismatic American drifter Dylan Olsen, she discovers something that calls her en

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Invisible Heart

Canada | 2018 | 80 min | English | Nadine Pequeneza

An unusual cast of characters attempts to tackle everything from academic failure to homelessness and crime.

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When God Sleeps

Germany,United States | 2017 | 90 min | German,Persian | Till Schauder

A contemporary Romeo & Juliet tale of an Iranian exile and the granddaughter of the Islamic Republic's first Prime Minister – with added fatwa.

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Leitis in Waiting

United States,Tonga | 2018 | 70 min | English | Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

An intrepid group of transgender women take on a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific kingdom.

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Listen

Netherlands | 2017 | 15 min | Dutch | Astrid Bussink

Sometimes all you need is a listening ear. The Child Helpline has one, but what would you tell a complete stranger?

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Call Her Ganda

Philippines,United States | 2018 | 94 min | Tagalog | PJ Raval

When Filipina transgender woman Jennifer Laude is found dead in a motel room, the perpetrator is quickly identified as a U.S. marine. Three women inti

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Rodents of Unusual Size

United States | 2018 | 71 min | English | Jeff Springer Chris Metzler, Quinn Costello

After decades of hurricanes and oil spills, Louisiana faces a new threat — hordes of monstrous, 10kg swamp rats. But the people who live here are no

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Luthier

New Zealand | 2018 | 18 min | Korean | Joonseob Yi

South Korean-born Ha Chan-ho shares the life lessons of a 20-year journey to become a violin maker and repairer in New Zealand.

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Symphony On Skis

New Zealand,Germany | 2017 | 60 min | English | Carla Braun-Elwert

Two sisters ski the route pioneered by their late father across the glaciers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

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Hot to Trot

United States | 2017 | 88 min | English | Gail Freedman

For four same-sex dancers from the USA, Russia, Costa Rica and New Zealand, dance is a form of personal power and political engagement.

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People’s Republic of Desire

United States,China | 2018 | 95 min | Chinese | Hao Wu

Two online streamers rise from isolation to fame and fortune in China, but can their new virtual relationships replace real-life human connections?

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Dealin’ with the Devil

New Zealand | 2017 | 103 min | English | Phil Davison, Sue Marshall

Phil Davison and alter ego Dr. Marigaux take a deep, often disturbing road — full of blues music, animation and dry humour — through a heartfelt h

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Rape of Recy Taylor

United States | 2017 | 91 min | English | Nancy Buirski

70 years after Recy Taylor, a Black American woman, was raped by six white men, the state of Alabama issued an apology for not prosecuting her attacke

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Insha’Allah Democracy

Pakistan,United States | 2017 | 82 min | English,Urdu | Mohammed Ali Naqvi

Mo Naqvi will vote during Pakistan's elections. But he has a tough choice — a religious hardliner, or a secular liberal leader who happens to be a f

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Raghu Rai — An Unframed Portrait

Finland,India,Norway | 2017 | 55 min | English | Avani Rai

When Avani Rai accompanies her father, famous Indian photographer Raghu Rai, on a trip to Kashmir, the camera becomes a source of connection and frict

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Of Fathers and Sons

Germany,Syria,Lebanon,Qatar | 2017 | 99 min | Arabic | Talal Derki

In a radical Islamist family, Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love, admire and obey their father, but have to let go of their youth...

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Bar Talks By Schumann

Germany | 2017 | 95 min | English,German,Japanese,Spanish | Marieke Schroeder

Legendary cocktail-maker Charles Schumann perambulates through some of the most fascinating bars in the world, exploring the secrets of bar culture, u

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Time Trial

United Kingdom | 2017 | 82 min | English | Finlay Pretsell

Now drug free, road racing cyclist David Millar wants one last shot at the Tour de France. How far will his will to win take him?

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Whispering Truth To Power

South Africa,Netherlands | 2018 | 88 min | English,Sotho,Zulu | Shameela Seedat

South Africa’s first female Public Protector builds a case against President Zuma, to thwart attempts to take over the government for profit.

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Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Israel,France,Germany | 2016 | 68 min | Hebrew,English | Yariv Mozer

David Ben-Gurion, 82, lives in the desert. Being removed from all political discourse allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His clear vo

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What happens when the film finishes? 
Documentary inspires conversation. During this year’s festival, a series of free Doc Talks will be held at Q Theatre on the weekends featuring filmmakers, key speakers and hot topics.
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DOCS 4 SCHOOLS

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue
Docs 4 Schools connects school students year 5 to tertiary, with the latest documentaries from around the world. Generously supported by the Rei Foundation, the Docs 4 Schools programme includes free in-theatre documentary screenings for schools in Auckland and Wellington during the DocEdge Festival in May/June each year. In 2017, Docs 4 Schools is piloting an in-school programme.

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