Category: Arohanui Film Festival

Coverage of the documentaries screening at the 2016 and 2017 Arohanui Film Festival in Te Aroha, NZ.

(Photo Credit: "Paris Tower 13")

Review: ‘Paris Tower 13’

Directed by Thomas Lallier, “Paris Tower 13” is an engrossing look at artistic expression and passion in the face of impending destruction. In the words of Vincent van Gogh, “Great things are done by a series

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Trailer: ‘Haka and Guitars’

Directed by William Watson “Haka and Guitars,” which screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, heads to Te Aroha, New Zealand on Oct. 29th for the Arohanui Film Fest.

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Trailer: ‘Set in Stone’

Directed by Kevin Double, “Set in Stone” screens at the Arohanui Film Festival on October 29th. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

(Photo Credit: "A Reason to Stay")

Review: ‘A Reason to Stay’

Making its New Zealand premiere Oct. 28th at the Arohanui Film Festival, “A Reason to Stay” tells the story of how one group of friends experienced Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

"The Art of Recovery"
Street artist Wongi Wilson at work in "The Art of Recovery" (Photo Credit: Fisheye Films)

Review: ‘The Art of Recovery’

The rebuilding of a city begins first with the reviving of its spirit. Directed by Peter Young and produced by Tracy Roe, “The Art of Recovery” chronicles the period following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake when

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Trailer: ‘A Dream at Sea’

From Norway, “A Dream at Sea” directed by Trond Nicholas Perry and Erik Pirolt makes its New Zealand premiere this Saturday, October 29th, at the Arohanui Film Festival. The film is the first feature-length documentary

Mind Landscape
On left: Photographer Yang Yankang in "Mind Landscape"

Review: ‘Mind Landscape’

Directed by Niu Zi, “Mind Landscape” takes viewers on a reflective journey through remote areas of Tibet following photographer Yang Yankang as he captures the heart and beauty of a people and region few will ever have

Review: ‘Atlantic’

“There’s nothing as bad as seeing your community dying,” says Charlie Kane, a Newfoundland fisherman featured in the award-winning documentary “Atlantic” by Irish filmmaker Risteard Ó Domhnaill (Richie O’Donnell). The film, which makes its New

Spirit of the Ancestors

Review: ‘Spirit of the Ancestors’

“Spirit of the Ancestors” is the eye-opening personal journey of one family’s attempt to restore ‘Mana’ (welfare) to their Easter Island village by finding and bringing home the spirit of the Moai Hoa Haka Nanaʻia,

Interview: Director Peter Young on ‘The Art of Recovery’

Kiwi filmmaker Peter Young knows what makes a city worthwhile. Following the 2011 earthquake that destroyed much of central Christchurch and killed 185 people, Young began documenting the community-led efforts of artists and entrepreneurs who