DOC EDGE PRESENTS
Doc Edge Presents is a programme of regular documentary screenings throughout the year, usually on the last Saturday of the month (excluding May & December) at Auckland Art Gallery and Wellington Embassy Theatre. It is proudly supported by MindFood.
AUCKLAND ART GALLERY
WELLINGTON EMBASSY THEATRE
Films Screenings from August to November 2017 are listed as follow:
Short #1: ON THE BACKS OF WOMEN
New Zealand | 2016 | 38 minutes | Directors: Dean Easterbrook, Dave Henderson
Three entrepreneurial Burmese women, each with their own set of challenging life circumstances, struggle to survive and rise out of poverty.
Winner: Best New Zealand Short Film, Doc Edge Festival 2016
Short #2: A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS
USA| 2015 | 40 minutes | Director: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
More than 1000 women are killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan every year. A Girl in The River: The Price of Forgiveness follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.
Winner: Academy Award® Documentary (Short Subject) 2016, Best International Short Film, Doc Edge Festival 2016
USA | 2015 | 90 minutes | Director: Justin Webster
How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality?
This is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez — ‘Gabo’ to all of Latin America — winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, author of the globally popular masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, and the most popular and perhaps best writer in Spanish since Cervantes.
Growing up in the poverty and violence, he was propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility. He pioneered life-affirming literature and — through his militant journalism and friendships with leaders like Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton — was at the forefront of the political struggles of the 70s and 80s.
More than just a biography, this film is a powerful narrative following the interwoven threads of Márquez’s life and work to reveal the incredible power of human imagination.
Pakistan, USA | 2015 | 84 minutes | Directors: Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi
The opening sequence of a very young boy delivering a sermon with vitriolic hatred in his eyes sets the scene for this chilling recording of the spread of radical Islam in Pakistan, and the resulting clash of ideologies between moderate and fundamentalist forces.
The Red Mosque, an organisation in Pakistan, trains legions of children to devote their lives to Jihad, or holy war. With incredible access to the schools and to the movement’s charismatic leader Maulana Aziz, we see how radicalism is building up an army of thousands, as children pledge their allegiance to ISIS. We witness the personal quest of a firebrand Pakistani cleric to impose strict sharia law throughout the country, as a model for the world.
A brave film whose makers risked death threats in order to give us a rare insight into the ideological battle shaping both modern Pakistan and the wider Muslim world.
Winner: Best International Director, Doc Edge Festival 2016
New Zealand | 2016 | 75 minutes | Director: Bill Morris
Donna Dean is one of New Zealand’s most respected songwriters — twice winner of New Zealand Country Music Album of the Year — an artist who has recorded and toured all over the world to critical acclaim.
But Donna’s has been no easy road. She grew up in Auckland’s Glen Innes in a home beset by alcoholism, abuse and violence. When she left home at 15, Donna found herself pregnant and, just like her mother, caught up in a violent relationship. She turned to alcohol to hide the pain.
But Donna’s mother had instilled in her daughter a profound love for music — and it was this, along with Donna’s willpower and determination, that would eventually give her a way out of the darkness — escaping a cycle of violence and addiction to become a successful and much-loved songwriter. The film follows Donna and her band on their recent tour of the United States, then finally brings her home to confront her past.
Winner: Best New Zealand Editing, Doc Edge Festival 2016