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Rouzie Hassanova & her 'Radiogram'

Rouzie Hassanova at work Rouzie Hassanova’s award-winning Radiogram is #directedbywomen #aotearoa’s first screening for 2020, at Parliament on 16 March.

It will be hosted by Jan Logie MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, a visionary and very effective politiciant. In particular, Jan’s an outstanding advocate for those affected by violence and discrimination, including women in the screen industries, through her support of the Screen Women’s Action Group, as well as #directedbywomen #aotearoa’s programme. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jan, Rouzie and legendary editor Annie Collins. If you’d like an invitation, please get in touch ASAP: radiogramscreening [at] gmail.com! Based on a true story from 1971, Radiogram isset in a Muslim community in Bulgaria under the Communist regime (1946–1990), where religious expression and western music are forbidden. It’s about a father who decides to walk almost 100km to the nearest town to buy a new radio for his rock ’n’ …

The Power of Illusion

This month’s Power of Inclusion (POI) Summit, organised by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and Women in Film and Television New Zealand (WIFT) with support from Disney, was widely criticised by local filmmakers for its cost, which excluded many of us (1), especially those outside Auckland and those affected by school holidays. Like the conditions for our writers outlined in Mandy Hager’s Valuing Our Writers article last week, this issue highlighted artist poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand, almost always more severe for those from groups who already experience the effects of the wage gap, often in association with unpaid work (2). I shared the general concern about the POI costs and signed a widely-circulated letter that outlined alternatives to promote more inclusion. So I was delighted last week when Anita Rossbach, a Wellington-based film-maker with a background in human rights, provided a detailed analysis of the NZFC/WIFT meeting she attended with the organisers of the letter.…