2017 Opening Night Film: WHITNEY, CAN I BE ME

 

2017 FILMS

78/52

United States | 2017 | 92 min | English | Alexandre Philippe

A look at the iconic shower murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

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A Good Day to Die – Hoka Hey

New Zealand,Malaysia,Canada,Netherlands | 2016 | 87 min | English,Spanish | Harold Monfils

British war photographer, Jason P. Howe, chose a life of perpetual peril in pursuit of the perfect image for the world to see - but at what cost?

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A Journey Around the Moon

France | 2016 | 76 min | French | Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine

An insight into the wide-reaching impact of design that provides an inspiring framework for the modern architectural narrative.

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A Weakness

Ethiopia,United States | 2017 | 16 min | English | Mo Scarpelli

One artist's decision to speak out about the fraught and deadly situation in his country could cost him his life.

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Aida’s Secrets

Israel,Germany,United States | 2016 | 91 min | English,Hebrew | Alon Schwarz

Long-lost brothers separated at birth, undertake to reclaim their history as they uncover decades of complex family history.

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Ambulance

Norway,Palestine | 2016 | 80 min | Arabic,English | Mohamed Jabaly

A film director risk his life in this deeply personal story as he joins the ambulance crew attending to the wounded and the dead in Gaza.

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Beauties of the Night

Mexico | 2016 | 91 min | Spanish | María José CUEVAS

Mexico's burlesque showgirls during the disco era of the 1970s and '80s and their lives today.

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Becoming Warren Buffett

United States | 2017 | 90 min | English | Peter W. Kunhardt, Brian Oakes

Daily life in the world of the unusual but well-respected U.S. billionaire investor, and super-philanthropist Warren Buffett.

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Bitter Sweet

New Zealand | 2016 | 14 min | English | Ella Becroft, Ilai Amir

Can NZ refugee youth recreate the love, loss and estrangement in Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet?

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Born in Syria

Spain,Denmark | 2016 | 86 min | Arabic,Kurdish,French,English | Hernán Zin

The Syrian Civil War saw four million displaced refugee children. This is their story.

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Bride of the Nile

France,Egypt | 2015 | 63 min | Arabic | Edouard Mills-Affif

A drama of tragic proportions in an Egyptian village where a young woman must marry a man she does not love.

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Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

United States | 2016 | 94 min | English | Fisher Stevens, Alexis Bloom

A poignant look at the epic mother and daughter relationship of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

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Brillo Box (3¢ off)

United States | 2016 | 40 min | English | Lisanne Skyler

A 1969 Andy Warhol Brillo box goes from a family's living room to Christie's auction rooms selling for a record-breaking $3 Million.

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Burma Storybook

Netherlands,Norway | 2017 | 81 min | Burmese | Petr Lom

After decades in the iron grip of dictatorship, Myanmar poets can finally express themselves freely using poetry.

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California Typewriter

United States | 2016 | 104 min | English | Doug Nichol

The love affair between a Berkeley sales and service company and the typewriters it endearingly looks after.

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Delaney Davidson : Devil In The Parlour

New Zealand | 2016 | 60 min | English | Harley Williams

A musical journey with NZ’s travelling troubadour Delaney Davidson, a loop maestro, noir protagonist, promotional coyote and production svengali.

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Fallen Flowers, Thick Leaves

Netherlands,Germany | 2017 | 80 min | Chinese | Laetitia Schoofs

Chinese women candidly talk sexual emancipation in the "Vagina Dialogues" Chinese style.

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For Ahkeem

United States | 2017 | 89 min | English | Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest

Black Lives Matter - an inspirational coming-of-age portrait of a black teenager in a marginalised St. Louis neighbourhood.

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In Search of Perfect Consonance

Hong Kong | 2016 | 39 min | English,Cantonese,Mandarin,Japanese | Ruby Yang

Against the backdrop of the Asian Youth Orchestra, young people connect through the higher ideals that music inspires.

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Joe’s Violin

United States | 2016 | 24 min | English | Kahane Cooperman

A Holocaust survivor donates his violin, changing the life of a 12-year old girl living in the Bronx, and unexpectedly his own.

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Ken Dewey: This Is A Test

United States,New Zealand | 2016 | 91 min | English | Sally Williams

Ken Dewey's quest to express the highest of human ideals through art helped shape a generation was cut short by tragedy.

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Last Men in Aleppo

Denmark,Syria,Germany | 2017 | 105 min | Arabic | Feras Fayyad

An unforgettable portrait of three reluctant heroes trying to save Aleppo and its people.

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Making Good Men

New Zealand | 2016 | 46 min | English | Fiona Apanui-Kupenga

Two famous Kiwis, an actor and an All Black, meet by chance again years after their boarding school bullying relationship with each other.

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Mattress Men

Ireland,United Kingdom,Sweden,Norway | 2016 | 81 min | English | Colm Quinn

An effervescent look at eccentric Irish online persona 'Mattress Mick' - a struggling bed sales man and his sensational jig with fame.

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Max Gimblett: Original Mind

Australia,United States | 2017 | 50 min | English | Rhys Mitchell

A stunning portrait of Max Gimblett, eccentric and creative genius and the philosophy behind his beautiful art.

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Moko: A Film about a Maori Poet

New Zealand | 2016 | 7 min | English | Félix Vaunois

A modern-day Maori poet and his inner conflict with self and the way words can affect people.

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Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale

United States | 2016 | 91 min | English | Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck -

An orphaned African baby elephant's tale of survival against the odds.

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On an Unknown Beach

New Zealand | 2016 | 91 min | English | Adam Luxton, Summer Agnew

A cinematic alchemy of three New Zealand explorers and their reflections on unique environmental landscapes of ruin.

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Plastic China

China | 2016 | 82 min | Chinese | Jiu-Liang Wang

A portrait of poverty, ambition and hope set in a world of waste via China's deep issue with plastic manufacturing.

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Rebels On Pointe

Canada | 2017 | 90 min | English,Italian,Japanese,Spanish | Bobbi Jo Hart

In 1974, a group of New York men in drag revolutionised ballet into a world wide cult sensation.

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Sacred

United States,Japan | 2016 | 86 min | Arabic,Burmese,English,French | Thomas Lennon

A global portrait exploring religious rituals around the world from birth to death.

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Safezone

United States | 2017 | 9 min | Arabic | Jodie Livingston, Marco Bollinger

A Syrian girl, Fatima, tells her harrowing story of escape from war as she tries to rebuild her life and pursue her dream of music and school.

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Screenagers

United States | 2016 | 68 min | English | Delaney Ruston

The impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.

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Stranger in Paradise

Netherlands | 2016 | 72 min | English | Guido Hendrikx

In a Sicilian classroom, the relationship between Europe and refugees play out at the boundary between documentary and drama.

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Supergirl

United States | 2016 | 80 min | English | Jessie Auritt

When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon and “Supergirl” is born.

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Thank You for Playing

United States | 2015 | 80 min | English | David Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Parents Ryan and Amy Green create a poignant, poetic video game to honour their son who has terminal cancer.

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The Age of Consequences

United States | 2016 | 80 min | English | Jared Scott

A look at climate change and resource scarcity through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability.

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The Cinema Travellers

India | 2016 | 96 min | Hindi | Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya

Travelling Indian movie houses and the lives of the men behind them create a nostalgic portrait of a changing medium.

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The Common Touch

New Zealand | 2017 | 40 min | English | Mason Cade Packer

A testament to the power of speech in face of the threat of death for a young New Zealand school boy.

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The Magic Pill

Australia,United States | 2017 | 90 min | English | Robert Tate, Pete Evans

Can fat as main food source be a game change in terms of our health and nutrition?

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The Mute’s House

Israel | 2015 | 32 min | Hebrew,Arabic | Tamar Kay

An 8-year-old Palestinian boy and his deaf mother are the last residents of a deserted building in the Israeli part of Hebron.

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The Opposition

Australia | 2016 | 77 min | English | Hollie Fifer

In Papua New Guinea Joe Moses races to save 3,000 village people from eviction by an Australian land developer.

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The Promise

Germany,United States | 2016 | 117 min | English,German | Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger

A criminal investigation on two young lovers and the horrific 1985 murder of the woman’s parents. Who fell into whose trap?

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The Pulitzer at 100

United States | 2016 | 94 min | English | Kirk Simon

Celebrating 100 years of the Pulitzer as the gold standard of excellence in journalism and the arts within a free democracy.

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The Reel People of New Zealand

New Zealand | 2016 | 30 min | English | Nicholas Homler

A visually aided essay about the past, present and possible future of cinema in New Zealand.

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The Tuhoe Color

New Zealand | 2016 | 11 min | English | Sebastian Vidal Bustamante

Tame Wairere Iti - the artist and the creative space he created in Taneatua at the centre of the Tuhoe heartland.

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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev

Israel | 2016 | 74 min | Hebrew,Russian,Tagalog | Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas

A musical odyssey following Tajikistan's version of the Jacksons and life behind the scenes.

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The Workers Cup

United Kingdom | 2017 | 89 min | English,Hindi,Arabic,Nepalese | Adam Sobel

In Qatar where the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being built, migrant workers compete in their own football tournament.

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Theater of Life

Canada | 2016 | 94 min | Italian,English | Peter Svatek

Celebrity chefs cook at an innovative soup kitchen recycling food from the Milan World Fair 2015 to feed the poor and homeless.

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This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

United States | 2017 | 91 min | English | Barbara Kopple

A male diving champion diver becomes a Youtube sensation while transitioning to become a cover girl.

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Tokyo Idols

Canada,United Kingdom | 2017 | 89 min | Japanese | Kyoko Miyake

The heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by the fan obsession with Japanese girl bands and young female sexuality.

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We Are People Too: Stories From The Jungle

United States | 2017 | 21 min | English | Stephanie Meurer

The refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' is symbolic of the issues faced by refugees in Europe today.

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Where Has All the Play Gone?

United States | 2016 | 35 min | English | Kirk Simon

Does extended play in early childhood benefit the children and what are some of the other effects associated?

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Whitney, Can I Be Me

United Kingdom,United States | 2017 | 100 min | English | Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal

What led Whitney Houston to that tragic and fatal Beverley Hills hotel bathroom finale?

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Wilbur: The King in the Ring

New Zealand | 2017 | 90 min | English | J.Ollie Lucks, Julia Parnell

A former pro-wrestler agrees to let his best friend make a documentary about his gastric sleeve surgery and subsequent transformation.

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10 – 21 MAY 2017

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DOC TALK

What happens when the film finishes? 
Documentary inspires conversation. During this year’s festival, a series of free Doc Talks will be held at Q Theatre on the weekends featuring filmmakers, key speakers and hot topics.
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DOCS 4 SCHOOLS

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Docs 4 Schools connects school students year 5 to tertiary, with the latest documentaries from around the world. Generously supported by the Rei Foundation, the Docs 4 Schools programme includes free in-theatre documentary screenings for schools in Auckland and Wellington during the DocEdge Festival in May/June each year. In 2017, Docs 4 Schools is piloting an in-school programme.

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