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#DirectedByWomen #Aotearoa 2019

#DirectedByWomen #Aotearoa is back, this time in collaboration with Wellington’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Network; and generous assistance from those listed in the credits! 

The multi-dimensional programme celebrates the visits of Maria Giese, Hope Dickson Leach and Nasreen Alkhateeb to Wellington, after they participate in the Power of Inclusion Summit. Thanks to Māoriland, Maria and Nasreen will also attend a screening in Ōtaki.
Maria Giese is the Nipmuc/US director who initiated the ongoing Federal investigation into Hollywood’s discrimination against women directors.

Hope Dickson Leach, UK director, co-founded Raising Films — an organisation that advocates for parents/carers working in the screen industry, and develops practices to support them.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, US director, leads diverse broadcast, digital and film storytelling projects that empower new voices and advocate for gender/racial/ability rights and climate change issues.
Nasreen in Greenland for NASA



Sunday 6 October 

3 to 5pm-ishWomen Directors’ Afternoon Tea with Maria and Nasreen. They’d like to hear about local directors’ lives and practices; and to share stories from their own lives and work, in a ‘domestic’ setting.

Free. More details:

Monday 7 October

Half the Picture, directed by Amy Adrion, screening in Beehive Theatrette, followed by Q&A with Maria, Hope, Nasreen and host Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues.

Half the Picture celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood. It features Maria Giese alongside directors such as Ava DuVernay, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Jill Soloway and Lena Dunham. Free. All welcome. RSVP to by Oct 3 required.


Tuesday 8 October


Raising Films Discussion with Hope Dickson Leach at Southern Cross 39 Abel Smith Street. Look out for the table with the metal slinky on it.

What are the issues for parents and carers who work in the screen industry in Aotearoa? Do we need a local Raising Films (there’s one in Aussie)?

Free. All welcome and children very welcome. No RSVP necessary.


Half the Picture screening at Māoriland, 68 Main Street, Ōtaki, introduced by Maria and followed by a Q&A with Maria and Nasreen.

This screening will be presented by Ngā Pakiaka — the Māoriland Charitable Trust’s group of rangatahi film leaders (aged 14–24), from across Aotearoa.

Tickets: $6. All welcome. Doors open 6.30pm.
Wednesday 9 October

This Changes Everything screening at the New Zealand Film Commission’s Hayward Cinema, Ghuznee Street. Q&A with Maria to follow.

This Changes Everything is a documentary that examines and reflects upon the gender disparity within the entertainment industry. It includes numerous interviews by female directors, producers, talent, and highlights Maria’s activism.

Free. Limited seating, please RSVP to ASAP. If there is enough interest, a 4pm screening may be added.

It was a beautiful, rich, visit. Though another time I aim to a) have a smart phone to hand and b) a dedicated photographer:  the images below mostly come from the visitors' social media!

Various inspiring combinations of Hope Dickson Leach, Maria Giese and Nasreen Alkhateeb attended screenings of Amy Adrion’s Half the Picture or Tom Donohue’s This Changes Everything and Q&As.

A group of filmmakers on their way from Backbenchers to Parliament for the screening
Parliament's screening of Half the Picture was preceded by a warm welcome from and a beautiful speech by Jan Logie, the Under-Secretary for Justice (Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues) and the evening's moderator.

Everyone had a good time...
Māoriland's generous hospitality is legendary (& their continuing practice of screening #directedbywomen films in at least half their programme: book your travel now for 2020!) and we had a great night there with Half the Picture thanks to Ngā Pakiaka and Madeleine de Young & co and to writer/director and moderator Oriwa Hakaraia from Ngā Pakiaka, Nasreen and Maria.
Maria, Nasreen and Oriwa at Māoriland
At Park Road Post, there was a great lunch and tour, thanks to Vicki Jackways; and a couple of days later a well-attended staff screening of This Changes Everything with Maria and Hope, with a high proportion of men in the audience, always a good thing.
At Park Road Post
Thanks to Rouzie Hassanova, This Changes Everything also screened at the NZFC’s Hayward Cinema with Maria and Nasreen, followed by an interesting conversation, after a delicious and entertaining lunch with a large group of NZFC staff.

There were other dynamic meetings, too: with local filmmakers in groups and as individuals; with a group interested in starting Raising Films in NZ.
Hope at the Raising Films meeting, withe Emerging Women Filmmakers' Pachali Brewster to her right.
And producer/director Jaimee Poipoi interviewed Hope and Maria (coming soon, along with more from Hope’s interview!) for her Five Quick Questions series.

Warm thanks to–

LMC & The Magic Fridge, for their continued support.

WIFT NZ & the NZ Film Commission, who brought these women over here for the Summit and offered a fine welcome in Wellington.

WIFTNZ for assistance with the Raising Films event.

Warm thanks too to Jackie McAuliffe; Lorna Kanavatoa; Jaimee Poipoi; Melissa Clark-Reynolds; Pachali Brewster from Emerging Women Filmmakers; and Polly Stupples, for their vital and very generous support, without which this couldn't have happened as it did; and to those who brought their energy, ideas and other kind contributions to the Women Directors Afternoon Tea.

& ngā mihi nunui to Kohine Ponika’s whānau for this kete, always.


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