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Kia ora mai

I am a great believer in the power of good documentary to shed light on issues within our own community and also for the way it opens our eyes to the wider world. A documentary may challenge our perceptions and commonly-held beliefs and lead to greater understanding between people. The importance of documenting our own stories shouldn’t be underestimated, not just because they are stories that need to be told but also because they provide a wonderful archive for future generations. A healthy documentary-making culture is a reflection of a healthy society. Always thoughtful, provocative, stimulating, entertaining, these will be hours of viewing well spent!

Enjoy the festival!

Judy-bailey

ENDORSEMENTS

Graeme Hilt

Graeme Hilt

Weekend Variety Wireless, 8pm Saturdays & Sundays

Cinema is such a marvellous thing. So many stories and emotions can be portrayed but outside of documentaries its actually just making shit up. The documentary frequently requires a big slab of bravery too. Some of these films have the power to change people and the world, and documentaries can also be ART. I look forward to another brilliant season and hats off to the dedicated team behind the festival. Somebody should make a documentary about them.

Wendyl Nissen

Wendyl Nissen

The Long Lunch, 12pm Weekdays

As a journalist I have the utmost respect for anyone who manages to produce a documentary because the storytelling has to be spot on, the facts absolutely correct, and then, for most of the makers, they struggle for funding. I look forward to watching every documentary recommended to me and love that this festival has selected so many amazing productions this year.

Ryan Bridge

Ryan Bridge

Co-host of Drive with Ryan Bridge & Lisa Owen, 3pm Weekdays

Documentaries are like food for the brain. I mean good food like fruit and vegetables, not burgers and fries. Good ones challenge preconceived ideas about the world and those who inhabit it. They bend your mind and grow your brain. Here’s hoping that by the end of this year’s Doc Edge Festival, my mind is full and my plate is empty.

Mitch Harris

Mitch Harris

Night-Talk, 8pm – Midnight Weeknights

Documentaries have the time and space to cast a deeper insight into subjects and I believe they have become one of the most important of film genres.

Mark Sainsbury

Mark Sainsbury

Morning Talk, 9am Weekdays

In the age of fake news and social media overload, the documentary remains the authentic witness to the real issues and characters that define who we are, for better or worse.

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