For a century the Pulitzer Prizes have remained the gold standard of excellence for a nation. The Pulitzers focus attention on what is best in journalism and the arts.
The Pulitzer at 100 explores the importance of words and language in a free democracy. Behind the honours are extraordinary people. Their stories are riveting – power, immigration, race and identity are all central themes. The Pulitzerscelebrate storytelling at its best and this film reveals the courage and struggles to get at truth. Vietnam, Katrina, 9/11; newspapers are indeed the first draft of history. In today’s Trumpian World, where journalists are compromised every day, the meaning of free speech becomes ever more important.
With Toni Morrison, Carl Bernstein, Nick Kristof, Wynton Marsalis, Tracky Smith, Michael Chabon and readings by Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman and Liev Schreiber.
Directed by Oscar and Emmy winning filmmaker Kirk Simon who will attend the Festival in Auckland together with his short film Where Has All the Play Gone?
*Director Kirk Simon will attend the Auckland Festival. A Q&A will follow the screenings.
- duPont Columbia