Doc Edge Film Festival 2024


DOC EDGE FILM FESTIVAL

 

Doc Edge Film Festival 2024 

19th International Documentary Film Festival 

The Lumiere, Christchurch June 27 to 30 2024 

Lumiere welcomes Doc Edge, to celebrate the best documentaries from New Zealand and around the world. 

New Zealand's Academy Award-qualifying film festival includes some of the most popular and ground-breaking unscripted features. World festival favourites and award-winners will screen alongside true stories of fearless individuals, investigations into crime and corruption, tales of our world and music icons. 

For more information and to BOOK TICKETS you can visit docedge.nz   

Note the official Ticketing Website is Doc Edge's own (as per above and individual links below), not the Lumiere's usual provider... Don't freak out! 

Christchurch Film Schedule PDF can be found here... Christchurch Schedule 

 

Ticket Information 

- Full $25.00 

- Concessions $21.00 Available for students, seniors 60+, and community services card holders. Card and/or proof of age required. 

- Doc Edge Members $17.50 30% off, use your membership number on the film page. 

- Five Pass $100.00 20% off, save $25.00, valid for up to 5 films with max 2 tickets per film. 

- Ten Pass $187.50 25% off, save $62.50, valid for up to 10 films with max 2 tickets per film. 

Doc Edge Members: As a special perk, Doc Edge members receive the lowest guaranteed tickets prices along with exclusive benefits. Join today... 

Cashless Festival: Doc Edge is a cashless event. We encourage you to purchase tickets or passes online or bring your bank card along for purchases. 

Ticketing Enquiries: For any ticketing enquiries, please contact us via email at tickets@docedge.nz or by phone 09 360 0329. 

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Doc Edge: Vika!

Australasia Premiere

Vika repeats that age is just a number and inspires others to live life to the fullest.

84-year-old DJ Vika is a star of Warsaw night clubs. Charismatic and colourful she refuses to grow old, repeating that age is not just a number. But when her health suddenly begins to deteriorate, Vika can no longer deny the passing of time. Will she find meaning in sharing the joy of life with other seniors by encouraging them to live their lives to the fullest?
The film is a bittersweet portrait of a woman who intends to celebrate life to the very end, a true inspiration both for the silver generation and our future selves.
AGNIESZKA ZWIEFKA Director
FINLAND, GERMANY, POLAND 2023
74 MINS


**Screening with the following short film**

The Life Before
Diane Young | 2024 | 7 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

Following the death of her mother, Gertie, filmmaker Young found a suitcase that had been packed away for over 60 years containing the remnants of another life - her mother's life before she emigrated to New Zealand from Hong Kong in 1957.

Doc Edge: Vika!

Australasia Premiere

Vika repeats that age is just a number and inspires others to live life to the fullest.

84-year-old DJ Vika is a star of Warsaw night clubs. Charismatic and colourful she refuses to grow old, repeating that age is not just a number. But when her health suddenly begins to deteriorate, Vika can no longer deny the passing of time. Will she find meaning in sharing the joy of life with other seniors by encouraging them to live their lives to the fullest?
The film is a bittersweet portrait of a woman who intends to celebrate life to the very end, a true inspiration both for the silver generation and our future selves.
AGNIESZKA ZWIEFKA Director
FINLAND, GERMANY, POLAND 2023
74 MINS


**Screening with the following short film**

The Life Before
Diane Young | 2024 | 7 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

Following the death of her mother, Gertie, filmmaker Young found a suitcase that had been packed away for over 60 years containing the remnants of another life - her mother's life before she emigrated to New Zealand from Hong Kong in 1957.
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Doc Edge: Rather be Ashes than Dust

Australasia Premiere

When fear dictates, objectivity retreats.

What are the challenges journalists face when covering increasingly challenging global crisis of war, civil disobedience, famine and hunger? Witnessing acts of government crackdown and injustice, should they remain objective? What are their choices when the government turns against them?

Although journalism is not listed as one of the most dangerous professions, journalists have been killed, kidnapped, imprisoned, attacked, and accused of spying while doing their job.

Using the Hong Kong protest movement in 2019 as a backdrop, this film follows a Hong Kong video-journalist who recounts his experience during the protest movement that leads to his decision to leave Hong Kong.
ALAN LAU- Director
114 MINS
CANTONESE, ENGLISH

Doc Edge: Rather be Ashes than Dust

Australasia Premiere

When fear dictates, objectivity retreats.

What are the challenges journalists face when covering increasingly challenging global crisis of war, civil disobedience, famine and hunger? Witnessing acts of government crackdown and injustice, should they remain objective? What are their choices when the government turns against them?

Although journalism is not listed as one of the most dangerous professions, journalists have been killed, kidnapped, imprisoned, attacked, and accused of spying while doing their job.

Using the Hong Kong protest movement in 2019 as a backdrop, this film follows a Hong Kong video-journalist who recounts his experience during the protest movement that leads to his decision to leave Hong Kong.
ALAN LAU- Director
114 MINS
CANTONESE, ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Bye Bye Tiberias

New Zealand Premiere

Vanished places, scattered memories.

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters.
Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Soualem returns with her to the village and questions for the first time, her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile, and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives.

Set between past and present, the film pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of daring Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.
LINA SOUALEM Director
FRANCE
2023
82 MINS
ARABIC, FRENCH

**Screening with the following short film**

The Poem We Sang
Annie Sakkab | 2024 | 20 min | Canada, Palestine, Jordan
Asia Pacific Premiere

An experimental film that meditates on love and longing - the love of one's family and the longing for one's home, contemplated through overcoming the trauma of loss of family home and of forced migration, transforming lifelong regrets into a healing journey of creative catharsis and bearing witness.

Doc Edge: Bye Bye Tiberias

New Zealand Premiere

Vanished places, scattered memories.

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters.
Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Soualem returns with her to the village and questions for the first time, her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile, and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives.

Set between past and present, the film pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of daring Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.
LINA SOUALEM Director
FRANCE
2023
82 MINS
ARABIC, FRENCH

**Screening with the following short film**

The Poem We Sang
Annie Sakkab | 2024 | 20 min | Canada, Palestine, Jordan
Asia Pacific Premiere

An experimental film that meditates on love and longing - the love of one's family and the longing for one's home, contemplated through overcoming the trauma of loss of family home and of forced migration, transforming lifelong regrets into a healing journey of creative catharsis and bearing witness.
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Sharko

World Premiere

A father and son documentary about NZ's greatest Rugby League player… ever.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Rugby League players ever, kiwi hard-man Mark Graham was feared off and on the field, though few knew the real man or the destruction behind his success. This is an intimate look at the life of a father, a son and the cost of greatness.

Mark’s story is told through the in-depth lens and skewed perspective of Luke, his film-maker son, revealing a shared personal history scarred by pain and loss. As he learns more about his father’s past, both the hardships and the glory, he comes to a realisation about the man he idolised above all else.

** Q&A with director Luke Graham following screening on 27 June, 6:00 pm, at Lumiere **

LUKE GRAHAM Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
86 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: Sharko

World Premiere

A father and son documentary about NZ's greatest Rugby League player… ever.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Rugby League players ever, kiwi hard-man Mark Graham was feared off and on the field, though few knew the real man or the destruction behind his success. This is an intimate look at the life of a father, a son and the cost of greatness.

Mark’s story is told through the in-depth lens and skewed perspective of Luke, his film-maker son, revealing a shared personal history scarred by pain and loss. As he learns more about his father’s past, both the hardships and the glory, he comes to a realisation about the man he idolised above all else.

** Q&A with director Luke Graham following screening on 27 June, 6:00 pm, at Lumiere **

LUKE GRAHAM Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
86 MINS
ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Sabbath Queen

International Premiere

Drag queen rebel, radical rabbi of reinvention, interfaith love and peace.

Filmed over 21 years the film follows Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie's epic journey as the dynastic heir of 38 generations of Orthodox rabbis. He is torn between rejecting and embracing his destiny and becomes a drag-queen rebel, a queer father, and the founder of Lab/Shul - an everybody-friendly, God-optional, artist-driven, pop-up experimental congregation.

The film joins Amichai on a lifelong quest to creatively and radically reinvent religion and ritual, challenge patriarchy and supremacy, champion interfaith love, and stand up for peace, ceasefire, and an end to the Occupation in Israel/Palestine. The film interrogates what Jewish survival means in a difficult rapidly changing 21st century.

** Q&A with director Sandi DuBowski following screening on 27 June, 8:15 pm, at Lumiere **

SANDI DUBOWSKI Director
UNITED STATES
2024
102 MINS
ENGLISH, HEBREW, YIDDISH

Doc Edge: Sabbath Queen

International Premiere

Drag queen rebel, radical rabbi of reinvention, interfaith love and peace.

Filmed over 21 years the film follows Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie's epic journey as the dynastic heir of 38 generations of Orthodox rabbis. He is torn between rejecting and embracing his destiny and becomes a drag-queen rebel, a queer father, and the founder of Lab/Shul - an everybody-friendly, God-optional, artist-driven, pop-up experimental congregation.

The film joins Amichai on a lifelong quest to creatively and radically reinvent religion and ritual, challenge patriarchy and supremacy, champion interfaith love, and stand up for peace, ceasefire, and an end to the Occupation in Israel/Palestine. The film interrogates what Jewish survival means in a difficult rapidly changing 21st century.

** Q&A with director Sandi DuBowski following screening on 27 June, 8:15 pm, at Lumiere **

SANDI DUBOWSKI Director
UNITED STATES
2024
102 MINS
ENGLISH, HEBREW, YIDDISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: War and Justice

International Premiere

Is the biggest war crime of all war itself?

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. A short time later, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes.

On 7 October 2023, Hamas committed a cruel massacre of Israeli civilians. Israel responded with the largest offensive on Gaza ever. The ICC Chief Prosecutor announced that he would prosecute any kind of war crimes on both sides. But what has come to pass?

Focusing on ICC Chief Prosecutors past and present, this film gives a complex legal process a face, and viewers will understand why wars of aggression can hardly be brought to justice when the major world powers - China, Russia, India and the United States - are unwilling to recognize the ICC as a global court.

** Q&A with director Michele Gentile following screening on 28 June, 11:00 am, at Lumiere **

MICHELE GENTILE, MARCUS VETTER Director
GERMANY
2023
90 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: War and Justice

International Premiere

Is the biggest war crime of all war itself?

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. A short time later, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes.

On 7 October 2023, Hamas committed a cruel massacre of Israeli civilians. Israel responded with the largest offensive on Gaza ever. The ICC Chief Prosecutor announced that he would prosecute any kind of war crimes on both sides. But what has come to pass?

Focusing on ICC Chief Prosecutors past and present, this film gives a complex legal process a face, and viewers will understand why wars of aggression can hardly be brought to justice when the major world powers - China, Russia, India and the United States - are unwilling to recognize the ICC as a global court.

** Q&A with director Michele Gentile following screening on 28 June, 11:00 am, at Lumiere **

MICHELE GENTILE, MARCUS VETTER Director
GERMANY
2023
90 MINS
ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Standing Above the Clouds

International Premiere

They thought they were building a telescope, instead they awoke a nation

When the massive Thirty Meter Telescope is proposed to be built on Mauna Kea, an uprising of kia'i (protectors) in Hawai'i and around the world dedicate their lives to protecting the sacred mountain from destruction. The film follows teacher and community organiser Pua Case and her two daughters—artist-activists Hāwane Rios and Kapulei Flores—who have been called to stop the telescope since 2010. Their lives quickly become consumed with frontline actions and court proceedings and immersed in ceremonies and cultural practices. As they face opposition and arrests, they are joined by a community that has dedicated its lives to protecting Mauna Kea.

ALENA KEANE-LEE Director
UNITED STATES
2024
83 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Rising Nations
Michael Kirby Smith | 2023 | 7 min | United States
Asia Pacific Premiere

Tuvalu, a tiny island nation, in the Pacific halfway between Hawai'i and Australia, stands at the epicentre of the climate crisis. Unless the international community acts urgently, Tuvalu and other Pacific Atoll island nations face complete inundation of their lands via rising sea-level.

Doc Edge: Standing Above the Clouds

International Premiere

They thought they were building a telescope, instead they awoke a nation

When the massive Thirty Meter Telescope is proposed to be built on Mauna Kea, an uprising of kia'i (protectors) in Hawai'i and around the world dedicate their lives to protecting the sacred mountain from destruction. The film follows teacher and community organiser Pua Case and her two daughters—artist-activists Hāwane Rios and Kapulei Flores—who have been called to stop the telescope since 2010. Their lives quickly become consumed with frontline actions and court proceedings and immersed in ceremonies and cultural practices. As they face opposition and arrests, they are joined by a community that has dedicated its lives to protecting Mauna Kea.

ALENA KEANE-LEE Director
UNITED STATES
2024
83 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Rising Nations
Michael Kirby Smith | 2023 | 7 min | United States
Asia Pacific Premiere

Tuvalu, a tiny island nation, in the Pacific halfway between Hawai'i and Australia, stands at the epicentre of the climate crisis. Unless the international community acts urgently, Tuvalu and other Pacific Atoll island nations face complete inundation of their lands via rising sea-level.
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Invisible Summit

World Premiere

Reaching the top is only half the battle.

Zhang Hong is an eternal hustler who comes from a poor family in China and lost his sight when he was only 21 years old. While his wife aspires to a peaceful life, Hong keeps trying to be successful in order to prove himself and to bring a better life for his family. Now as he works as a blind masseur in Tibet, a typical job for a disabled person in China, the 45-year-old family man ventures out for something not so ordinary: climbing Mount Everest. After preparing for this expedition for the past five years, he hopes to finally turn his luck around.

LIXIN FAN Director
CHINA
2024
88 MINS
CHINESE, ENGLISH, NEPALESE

Doc Edge: Invisible Summit

World Premiere

Reaching the top is only half the battle.

Zhang Hong is an eternal hustler who comes from a poor family in China and lost his sight when he was only 21 years old. While his wife aspires to a peaceful life, Hong keeps trying to be successful in order to prove himself and to bring a better life for his family. Now as he works as a blind masseur in Tibet, a typical job for a disabled person in China, the 45-year-old family man ventures out for something not so ordinary: climbing Mount Everest. After preparing for this expedition for the past five years, he hopes to finally turn his luck around.

LIXIN FAN Director
CHINA
2024
88 MINS
CHINESE, ENGLISH, NEPALESE
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Mauri

World Premiere

A testament to the radiant beauty and unbreakable resilience of Māori culture.

The film is an intimate, visually stunning testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and colonisation — and to the healing ways that are part of the Māori ancestral knowledge. It juxtaposes the enduring trauma of colonialism with the resilience offered through ancestral healing traditions.

Exploring intergenerational trauma and the loss of indigenous identity it also contrasts traditional healing practices, which provide a holistic approach to well-being, with Western therapeutic trauma-healing methods, disconnected from the indigenous worldviews and relationships.

MAURIZIO BENAZZO, ZAYA BENAZZO Director
UNITED STATES
2024
71 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: Mauri

World Premiere

A testament to the radiant beauty and unbreakable resilience of Māori culture.

The film is an intimate, visually stunning testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and colonisation — and to the healing ways that are part of the Māori ancestral knowledge. It juxtaposes the enduring trauma of colonialism with the resilience offered through ancestral healing traditions.

Exploring intergenerational trauma and the loss of indigenous identity it also contrasts traditional healing practices, which provide a holistic approach to well-being, with Western therapeutic trauma-healing methods, disconnected from the indigenous worldviews and relationships.

MAURIZIO BENAZZO, ZAYA BENAZZO Director
UNITED STATES
2024
71 MINS
ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Dissidents

International Premiere

Not even exile is safe.

From harassing relatives back home to disrupting protests and spying on critics in other countries, China is one of the most aggressive governments in targeting dissents abroad. We follow three dissidents in America as they continue their fight for democracy.

An artist’s sculpture is burnt down, a protestor is charged with a criminal case, and a democracy movement is violently attacked. Combining intimate observational footage, rich archival materials and investigative approach, the film uncovers transnational repression by an authoritarian state targeting dissidents who are keeping the democratic flame alive during the darkest hours.

** Q&A with director Yi Chen following screening on 28 June, 8:00 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas**

YI CHEN Director
UNITED STATES
2024
75 MINS
CHINESE, ENGLISH

Doc Edge: Dissidents

International Premiere

Not even exile is safe.

From harassing relatives back home to disrupting protests and spying on critics in other countries, China is one of the most aggressive governments in targeting dissents abroad. We follow three dissidents in America as they continue their fight for democracy.

An artist’s sculpture is burnt down, a protestor is charged with a criminal case, and a democracy movement is violently attacked. Combining intimate observational footage, rich archival materials and investigative approach, the film uncovers transnational repression by an authoritarian state targeting dissidents who are keeping the democratic flame alive during the darkest hours.

** Q&A with director Yi Chen following screening on 28 June, 8:00 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas**

YI CHEN Director
UNITED STATES
2024
75 MINS
CHINESE, ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: The Great White Whale

World Premiere

Five times it tried to kill them, but back they go!

Deep in the wild Southern Ocean, halfway between Australia and Africa, a snowy volcano almost three thousand meters high rears up from the sea like a mythical great white whale.

Five times that great white whale of a mountain tried to kill the first team that sought to reach its summit. Yet in 1964, back they sailed, through the worst seas in the world, to try again, this time with legendary explorer Bill Tilman as their skipper.

This is the extraordinary tale of those first attempts to climb Big Ben, the smoking glacier ringed volcano on Heard Island told by those who were there. At times expeditioner John Crick sings the songs too, as befits such an epic saga.

** Q&A with director Michael Dillon following screening on 29 June, 10:30 am, at Lumiere **

MICHAEL DILLON Director
AUSTRALIA
2024
104 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: The Great White Whale

World Premiere

Five times it tried to kill them, but back they go!

Deep in the wild Southern Ocean, halfway between Australia and Africa, a snowy volcano almost three thousand meters high rears up from the sea like a mythical great white whale.

Five times that great white whale of a mountain tried to kill the first team that sought to reach its summit. Yet in 1964, back they sailed, through the worst seas in the world, to try again, this time with legendary explorer Bill Tilman as their skipper.

This is the extraordinary tale of those first attempts to climb Big Ben, the smoking glacier ringed volcano on Heard Island told by those who were there. At times expeditioner John Crick sings the songs too, as befits such an epic saga.

** Q&A with director Michael Dillon following screening on 29 June, 10:30 am, at Lumiere **

MICHAEL DILLON Director
AUSTRALIA
2024
104 MINS
ENGLISH
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: The Other Side

World Premiere

Russia’s war on Ukraine – as rarely seen through Russian eyes.

Journalist Sean Langan travels into the Russian side of the war in Ukraine, offering a never-before-seen perspective on the conflict. He witnesses the lethal reality of this war, where drones loiter threateningly over WW1-style trenches. He meets Russian special forces who threaten to eat his liver and mercenaries who have seen action in Bucha. But this remarkable film also shows the human face of the other side of this war - civilians living under siege, young students and an old babushka who invites him for tea, coffee and pickles.

Dark, intimate, and at times bleakly funny, this film captures what life is like for those fighting, and for those civilians who’ve been caught up in Eastern Ukraine’s conflict for the past decade.

SEAN LANGAN Director
UNITED KINGDOM
2024
99 MINS
ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, UKRAINIAN

Doc Edge: The Other Side

World Premiere

Russia’s war on Ukraine – as rarely seen through Russian eyes.

Journalist Sean Langan travels into the Russian side of the war in Ukraine, offering a never-before-seen perspective on the conflict. He witnesses the lethal reality of this war, where drones loiter threateningly over WW1-style trenches. He meets Russian special forces who threaten to eat his liver and mercenaries who have seen action in Bucha. But this remarkable film also shows the human face of the other side of this war - civilians living under siege, young students and an old babushka who invites him for tea, coffee and pickles.

Dark, intimate, and at times bleakly funny, this film captures what life is like for those fighting, and for those civilians who’ve been caught up in Eastern Ukraine’s conflict for the past decade.

SEAN LANGAN Director
UNITED KINGDOM
2024
99 MINS
ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, UKRAINIAN
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Resilient Man

Asia Pacific Premiere

How does a dancer bounce back from such a tragic event?

The film charts the physical and mental journey back from the brink. In the middle of a show, Steven McRae, a famous principal dancer at the Royal Ballet of London, is catastrophically injured, breaking his Achilles tendon. He was at the height of his career, a career that was dramatically put on hold.

Will Steven ever be able to dance again? For one year, director Carrel filmed the return of Steven to the stage and his training to recover alongside his engagement for mental health within the dance world. At 35 years old, he either recovers or his career is over. That's how it is in the world of ballet.

** Q&A with director Stephane Carrel following screening on 29 June, 3:30 pm, at Lumiere **

STÉPHANE CARREL Director
FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
2024
90 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: Resilient Man

Asia Pacific Premiere

How does a dancer bounce back from such a tragic event?

The film charts the physical and mental journey back from the brink. In the middle of a show, Steven McRae, a famous principal dancer at the Royal Ballet of London, is catastrophically injured, breaking his Achilles tendon. He was at the height of his career, a career that was dramatically put on hold.

Will Steven ever be able to dance again? For one year, director Carrel filmed the return of Steven to the stage and his training to recover alongside his engagement for mental health within the dance world. At 35 years old, he either recovers or his career is over. That's how it is in the world of ballet.

** Q&A with director Stephane Carrel following screening on 29 June, 3:30 pm, at Lumiere **

STÉPHANE CARREL Director
FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
2024
90 MINS
ENGLISH
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Doc Edge: Invisible Nation

Australasia Premiere

Taiwan's troubled past and uncertain future come into focus.

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s sitting head of state, director Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan. Thorough, incisive and bristling with tension, the film is a living account of Tsai’s tightrope walk between the colossal geopolitical forces of the U.S. and China, carefully balancing the hopes and dreams of her nation.

At a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the ever-present threat of authoritarian aggression, the film brings a timely focus to the struggle of Taiwan and its vibrant democracy as it fights for autonomy and freedom from fear.

** Q&A with director Vanessa Hope and producer Ted Hope following screening on 29 June, 6:00 pm, at Lumiere **

VANESSA HOPE Director
UNITED STATES
2023
85 MINS
ENGLISH, MANDARIN

Doc Edge: Invisible Nation

Australasia Premiere

Taiwan's troubled past and uncertain future come into focus.

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s sitting head of state, director Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan. Thorough, incisive and bristling with tension, the film is a living account of Tsai’s tightrope walk between the colossal geopolitical forces of the U.S. and China, carefully balancing the hopes and dreams of her nation.

At a time when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the ever-present threat of authoritarian aggression, the film brings a timely focus to the struggle of Taiwan and its vibrant democracy as it fights for autonomy and freedom from fear.

** Q&A with director Vanessa Hope and producer Ted Hope following screening on 29 June, 6:00 pm, at Lumiere **

VANESSA HOPE Director
UNITED STATES
2023
85 MINS
ENGLISH, MANDARIN
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Searching for Amani

New Zealand Premiere

His father's job was to protect the animals. Whose job was it to protect him?

13-year-old Simon Ali is an aspiring investigative journalist living in Laikipia, Kenya, a lush area where elephants roam, and part of the savannah still thrives. It’s also one of the most unstable regions, making headlines for its violent clashes and record-breaking droughts.

In 2019, armed pastoralists killed his father while he worked as a tour guide. For over a year, Simon waited for the investigators to come and do their job, but they never came. Taking up the mantle of the investigation himself, Simon begins to search for the answers his family seeks. Shot over three years, exploring the life and death of Simon’s father catalyses a conversation about the changing environment, conservation, and community equity in a time of crisis.

DEBRA AROKO, NICOLE GORMLEY Director
KENYA
2024
80 MINS
ENGLISH, SWAHILI

**Screening with the following short film**

Then Comes the Body
Jacob Krupnick | 2023 | 14 min | United States
New Zealand Premiere

When a video of kids dancing in the rain goes viral, it brings global attention to an unlikely ballet school outside Lagos, Nigeria. Daniel Ajala, who learnt ballet over YouTube, is training students to perform on the world stage.

** Q&A with producer Christopher Gebhardt following screening on 29 June, 8:15 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas **

Doc Edge: Searching for Amani

New Zealand Premiere

His father's job was to protect the animals. Whose job was it to protect him?

13-year-old Simon Ali is an aspiring investigative journalist living in Laikipia, Kenya, a lush area where elephants roam, and part of the savannah still thrives. It’s also one of the most unstable regions, making headlines for its violent clashes and record-breaking droughts.

In 2019, armed pastoralists killed his father while he worked as a tour guide. For over a year, Simon waited for the investigators to come and do their job, but they never came. Taking up the mantle of the investigation himself, Simon begins to search for the answers his family seeks. Shot over three years, exploring the life and death of Simon’s father catalyses a conversation about the changing environment, conservation, and community equity in a time of crisis.

DEBRA AROKO, NICOLE GORMLEY Director
KENYA
2024
80 MINS
ENGLISH, SWAHILI

**Screening with the following short film**

Then Comes the Body
Jacob Krupnick | 2023 | 14 min | United States
New Zealand Premiere

When a video of kids dancing in the rain goes viral, it brings global attention to an unlikely ballet school outside Lagos, Nigeria. Daniel Ajala, who learnt ballet over YouTube, is training students to perform on the world stage.

** Q&A with producer Christopher Gebhardt following screening on 29 June, 8:15 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas **
MORE / TRAILER

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Doc Edge: Teaches of Peaches

New Zealand Premiere

'Cause there's only one Peaches.

Filmed during The Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour in 2022, this film seamlessly weaves together exclusive archival gems with dynamic tour footage capturing the transformative journey of Canadian Merrill Nisker into the internationally acclaimed cultural powerhouse Peaches. From the inception of the stage show to the rigorous rehearsal and riveting performances, the film provides an intimate look at the inner workings of a tour led by this beloved and globally celebrated icon.

As a feminist musician, producer, director, and performance artist, Peaches has spent over two decades challenging gender stereotypes, solidifying her status alongside pop and music industry icons. Her fearless originality has challenged social norms, dismantled stereotypes, and confronted patriarchal power structures. Through biting wit, she advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights and tackles issues of gender and sexual identity, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

JUDY LANDKAMMER, PHILIPP FUSSENEGGER
GERMANY
2024
102 MINS
ENGLISH, GERMAN

Doc Edge: Teaches of Peaches

New Zealand Premiere

'Cause there's only one Peaches.

Filmed during The Teaches of Peaches Anniversary Tour in 2022, this film seamlessly weaves together exclusive archival gems with dynamic tour footage capturing the transformative journey of Canadian Merrill Nisker into the internationally acclaimed cultural powerhouse Peaches. From the inception of the stage show to the rigorous rehearsal and riveting performances, the film provides an intimate look at the inner workings of a tour led by this beloved and globally celebrated icon.

As a feminist musician, producer, director, and performance artist, Peaches has spent over two decades challenging gender stereotypes, solidifying her status alongside pop and music industry icons. Her fearless originality has challenged social norms, dismantled stereotypes, and confronted patriarchal power structures. Through biting wit, she advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights and tackles issues of gender and sexual identity, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

JUDY LANDKAMMER, PHILIPP FUSSENEGGER
GERMANY
2024
102 MINS
ENGLISH, GERMAN
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Doc Edge: Spontaneous Combustion

World Premiere

When the natural environment and the human imagination combine.

A celebration of Barry Brickell's legacy and the realisation of his extraordinary dream, Driving Creek Railway, a productive pottery with numerous kilns, a railway, a native bird sanctuary, and a lively creative hub drawing artists from around the globe.

The film reflects the sensual attachment Brickell felt to the land and human form, as expressed in the ceramic sculptures that defined his creativity. It is a paean to all Barry held dear: the bush, the railway, the company of friends, conversation, and song. A cinematic montage of historical stills and film from present-day Driving Creek is woven with a spirited, poetic narration by Greg O'Brien, with a sumptuous soundtrack including compositions by Gillian Whitehead and Ross Harris.

BRUCE ROBERT FOSTER Director
NEW ZEALAND
2024
70 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Breaking The Mould
Phillida Perry | 2024 | 14 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

A visceral glimpse into the life and work of acclaimed New Zealand sculptor, Jaime Jenkins, whose unconventional upbringing combines with the elements to inform her ceramic explorations.

Doc Edge: Spontaneous Combustion

World Premiere

When the natural environment and the human imagination combine.

A celebration of Barry Brickell's legacy and the realisation of his extraordinary dream, Driving Creek Railway, a productive pottery with numerous kilns, a railway, a native bird sanctuary, and a lively creative hub drawing artists from around the globe.

The film reflects the sensual attachment Brickell felt to the land and human form, as expressed in the ceramic sculptures that defined his creativity. It is a paean to all Barry held dear: the bush, the railway, the company of friends, conversation, and song. A cinematic montage of historical stills and film from present-day Driving Creek is woven with a spirited, poetic narration by Greg O'Brien, with a sumptuous soundtrack including compositions by Gillian Whitehead and Ross Harris.

BRUCE ROBERT FOSTER Director
NEW ZEALAND
2024
70 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Breaking The Mould
Phillida Perry | 2024 | 14 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

A visceral glimpse into the life and work of acclaimed New Zealand sculptor, Jaime Jenkins, whose unconventional upbringing combines with the elements to inform her ceramic explorations.
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Doc Edge: And So It Begins

Asia Pacific Premiere

The cost of speaking truth to power.

In a decades-long nation saga of the Philippines, director Diaz presents the latest chapter on her homeland as the despotic reign of President Rodrigo Duterte is coming to an end. The film proffers unbridled access to all the key players in the months leading up to the country’s 2022 presidential election. With all her keen observational eye and deep knowledge of the socio-political history and landscape, Diaz continues to find her own forms of storytelling as political disruption.

Taking place in the thick of the Covid pandemic, it is a shape-shifting story of the raucous collective act of joy expressed in a quirky resistance movement that pits itself against the haunting spectre of increasing autocracy. Weaving together multiple narratives against the backdrop of a gloves-off campaign for the most powerful office in the land, what emerges is a dazzling cinematic portrait of a beleaguered nation fighting for its very soul.

RAMONA S. DIAZ Director
PHILIPPINES, UNITED STATES
2024
115 MINS
ENGLISH, TAGALOG

Doc Edge: And So It Begins

Asia Pacific Premiere

The cost of speaking truth to power.

In a decades-long nation saga of the Philippines, director Diaz presents the latest chapter on her homeland as the despotic reign of President Rodrigo Duterte is coming to an end. The film proffers unbridled access to all the key players in the months leading up to the country’s 2022 presidential election. With all her keen observational eye and deep knowledge of the socio-political history and landscape, Diaz continues to find her own forms of storytelling as political disruption.

Taking place in the thick of the Covid pandemic, it is a shape-shifting story of the raucous collective act of joy expressed in a quirky resistance movement that pits itself against the haunting spectre of increasing autocracy. Weaving together multiple narratives against the backdrop of a gloves-off campaign for the most powerful office in the land, what emerges is a dazzling cinematic portrait of a beleaguered nation fighting for its very soul.

RAMONA S. DIAZ Director
PHILIPPINES, UNITED STATES
2024
115 MINS
ENGLISH, TAGALOG
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Doc Edge: The Jewish Nazi?

International Premiere

A choiceless choice.

A young boy witnesses his family being massacred during the Holocaust but cheats death by escaping into the frozen woods in Belorussia. He is eventually captured by a battalion that was absorbed into Hitler’s SS and faces the firing squad and their death pits.

But instead of killing him they make him their child soldier, their ‘Mascot’. They give him a false name, fake birth date, adorn him with a pint-sized uniform and arm him with a sawed-off rifle.

The film is a gripping true crime-esque investigation into whether his incredible survival story – as well as the discovery of his long-lost Jewish family in the late 1990s – was in fact true or a Holocaust hoax. It follows director Goldberg on his quest across the globe in his bid to solve the mystery of The Mascot.

DAN GOLDBERG Director
AUSTRALIA
2023
86 MINS
ENGLISH

Doc Edge: The Jewish Nazi?

International Premiere

A choiceless choice.

A young boy witnesses his family being massacred during the Holocaust but cheats death by escaping into the frozen woods in Belorussia. He is eventually captured by a battalion that was absorbed into Hitler’s SS and faces the firing squad and their death pits.

But instead of killing him they make him their child soldier, their ‘Mascot’. They give him a false name, fake birth date, adorn him with a pint-sized uniform and arm him with a sawed-off rifle.

The film is a gripping true crime-esque investigation into whether his incredible survival story – as well as the discovery of his long-lost Jewish family in the late 1990s – was in fact true or a Holocaust hoax. It follows director Goldberg on his quest across the globe in his bid to solve the mystery of The Mascot.

DAN GOLDBERG Director
AUSTRALIA
2023
86 MINS
ENGLISH
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Doc Edge: Every Little Thing

New Zealand Premiere

A big celebration of tiny things.

The film follows Terry Masear, who, amidst the glamour of Hollywood, Los Angeles, finds herself on a transformative journey as she nurtures wounded hummingbirds. Unravelling a visually captivating and magical tale of love, fragility, and healing, award-winning Doc Edge alumna director Aitken has found the perfect film subject in Masear, who is not only warm, knowledgeable, and slightly eccentric but also the author of the bestselling memoir Fastest Things on Wings. Coupled with breathtaking slow-motion macro photography to capture the antics of hummingbirds barely bigger than a bumble bee, the film celebrates the delicate beauty found in tiny acts of greatness.

SALLY AITKEN Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
93 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Looking Up
Stephanie Guest, Charlotte Gillespie | 2024 | 12 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

Three individuals with a shared love for birdwatching. Over time, they each share their battle with mental health: navigating the turbulent waters of burnout, depression, anxiety, and trauma. This film does not sugar-coat life's challenges, but it does remind us that sometimes, the simple act of connecting with nature like watching birds, can be a powerful remedy.

** Q&A with director Sally Aitken following screening on 30 June, 5:15 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas **

Doc Edge: Every Little Thing

New Zealand Premiere

A big celebration of tiny things.

The film follows Terry Masear, who, amidst the glamour of Hollywood, Los Angeles, finds herself on a transformative journey as she nurtures wounded hummingbirds. Unravelling a visually captivating and magical tale of love, fragility, and healing, award-winning Doc Edge alumna director Aitken has found the perfect film subject in Masear, who is not only warm, knowledgeable, and slightly eccentric but also the author of the bestselling memoir Fastest Things on Wings. Coupled with breathtaking slow-motion macro photography to capture the antics of hummingbirds barely bigger than a bumble bee, the film celebrates the delicate beauty found in tiny acts of greatness.

SALLY AITKEN Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
93 MINS
ENGLISH

**Screening with the following short film**

Looking Up
Stephanie Guest, Charlotte Gillespie | 2024 | 12 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

Three individuals with a shared love for birdwatching. Over time, they each share their battle with mental health: navigating the turbulent waters of burnout, depression, anxiety, and trauma. This film does not sugar-coat life's challenges, but it does remind us that sometimes, the simple act of connecting with nature like watching birds, can be a powerful remedy.

** Q&A with director Sally Aitken following screening on 30 June, 5:15 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas **
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Doc Edge: Habana Shakes

International Premiere

A unique and intimate portrait of young Cuba.

The film takes us on a rhythm-filled odyssey spanning ten vibrant days in Havana, a pulsating island city teetering on the edge of transformation. Infused with a lyrical heart, this is not just an homage to Cuba's spirited culture but also provides an intimate window into the dynamic worlds of Cuban youth.
Through the eyes of a skater, a tattoo artist, an actor, a ballerina and an electronica DJ, we find ourselves asking: What aspirations do these young Cubans hold for their nation and future, and how might these differ from or echo the dreams and hopes of their parent’s generation?

MARCELLE LUNAM Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
70 MINS
SPANISH

**Screening with the following short film**

They Call me Wazza
Jonathan Smit | 2024 | 9 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

The film intimately captures the remarkable journey of Warren Hawke, the lovable 70-year-old surf photographer from New Zealand as he battles with health, cameras and an obsession with surf.

Doc Edge: Habana Shakes

International Premiere

A unique and intimate portrait of young Cuba.

The film takes us on a rhythm-filled odyssey spanning ten vibrant days in Havana, a pulsating island city teetering on the edge of transformation. Infused with a lyrical heart, this is not just an homage to Cuba's spirited culture but also provides an intimate window into the dynamic worlds of Cuban youth.
Through the eyes of a skater, a tattoo artist, an actor, a ballerina and an electronica DJ, we find ourselves asking: What aspirations do these young Cubans hold for their nation and future, and how might these differ from or echo the dreams and hopes of their parent’s generation?

MARCELLE LUNAM Director
AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2024
70 MINS
SPANISH

**Screening with the following short film**

They Call me Wazza
Jonathan Smit | 2024 | 9 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

The film intimately captures the remarkable journey of Warren Hawke, the lovable 70-year-old surf photographer from New Zealand as he battles with health, cameras and an obsession with surf.
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Doc Edge: Shorts One

Man of Arran
Paul McCambridge | 2023 | 19 min | Ireland
Asia Pacific Premiere

A cinematic exploration of Ireland's beautiful coastline juxtaposed with the inner strength of an 83-year-old man who refuses to let age define him. Uplifting, inspiring and beautiful, it's the tale of the man from Árainn Mhórine.

The Only Girl in the Orchestra
Molly O’Brien | 2023 | 34 min | United States
International Premiere

Orin O’Brien never wanted the spotlight, but when Leonard Bernstein made her the first female musician hired to the New York Philharmonic, it was inevitable. Exploring Orin’s remarkable career we discover the key to life: "you don't mind playing second fiddle."

The Presidents’ Tailor: From Auschwitz to the White House
Rick Minnich | 2024 | 39 min | Germany
World Premiere

Martin Greenfield learned to sew while mending shirts for the Gestapo in Auschwitz and went on to make suits for U.S. presidents and stars. Now, at 95, America’s greatest tailor is grappling with his legacy.

Doc Edge: Shorts One

Man of Arran
Paul McCambridge | 2023 | 19 min | Ireland
Asia Pacific Premiere

A cinematic exploration of Ireland's beautiful coastline juxtaposed with the inner strength of an 83-year-old man who refuses to let age define him. Uplifting, inspiring and beautiful, it's the tale of the man from Árainn Mhórine.

The Only Girl in the Orchestra
Molly O’Brien | 2023 | 34 min | United States
International Premiere

Orin O’Brien never wanted the spotlight, but when Leonard Bernstein made her the first female musician hired to the New York Philharmonic, it was inevitable. Exploring Orin’s remarkable career we discover the key to life: "you don't mind playing second fiddle."

The Presidents’ Tailor: From Auschwitz to the White House
Rick Minnich | 2024 | 39 min | Germany
World Premiere

Martin Greenfield learned to sew while mending shirts for the Gestapo in Auschwitz and went on to make suits for U.S. presidents and stars. Now, at 95, America’s greatest tailor is grappling with his legacy.
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Doc Edge: Shorts Two

Uncle Bully’s Surf Skool
Leah Warshawski | 2023 | 39 min | United States
International Premiere

Surf lessons become life lessons for homeless youth on Maui, and a true example of resilience after the devastating Lahaina wildfires.


The Ground Under Our Feet
Jim Williams | 2023 | 39 min | Solomon Islands
Australasia Premiere

In a country facing the devastating effects of climate change, the Solomon Islands Futsal Team battle against the odds to reach the FIFA Futsal World Cup, with the goal of securing a future for their sport and their nation.

Wouldn't Make it Any Other Way
Hao Zhou | 2024 | 20 min | United States
Asia Pacific Premiere

Having built a colorful queer life in Iowa, an aspiring costume designer visits their island homeland of Guam to make costumes for a children’s theatre while reconnecting with distanced parents.

Doc Edge: Shorts Two

Uncle Bully’s Surf Skool
Leah Warshawski | 2023 | 39 min | United States
International Premiere

Surf lessons become life lessons for homeless youth on Maui, and a true example of resilience after the devastating Lahaina wildfires.


The Ground Under Our Feet
Jim Williams | 2023 | 39 min | Solomon Islands
Australasia Premiere

In a country facing the devastating effects of climate change, the Solomon Islands Futsal Team battle against the odds to reach the FIFA Futsal World Cup, with the goal of securing a future for their sport and their nation.

Wouldn't Make it Any Other Way
Hao Zhou | 2024 | 20 min | United States
Asia Pacific Premiere

Having built a colorful queer life in Iowa, an aspiring costume designer visits their island homeland of Guam to make costumes for a children’s theatre while reconnecting with distanced parents.
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Doc Edge: Shorts Three

Losing Blue
Leanne Allison | 2023 | 17 min | Canada
Asia Pacific Premiere

What does it mean to lose a colour? The film is a cinematic poem about losing the otherworldly blues of ancient mountain lakes, now fading due to climate change.

Girls Move Mountains
Anna Huix | 2024 | 20 min | Spain
Asia Pacific Premiere

A group of young girls who use soccer to fight for gender equality and gain independence in one of the most remote places on earth, the Karakoram Mountain Range, Pakistan.

Instruments of a Beating Heart
Ema Ryan Yamazaki | 2024 | 24 min | Japan
International Premiere

First graders in a Tokyo public elementary school are presented with a challenge for the final semester: performing “Ode to Joy” at the ceremony for the new incoming 1st graders. Ayame, who often struggles to keep up with the group, is determined to play a major part, the big drum.

Girl of Wind
Nanhsi Yuen | 2023 | 38 min | China
International Premiere

Yang Yang, a lonely deaf girl, often climbs with her bare hands on top of 500 tall buildings in the city. By chance, Nanhsi, met her and the two started to share a special life journey together.

with director Nanshi Yuen following the screening on
* 28 June, 11:00 am, at Lumiere Cinemas

Doc Edge: Shorts Three

Losing Blue
Leanne Allison | 2023 | 17 min | Canada
Asia Pacific Premiere

What does it mean to lose a colour? The film is a cinematic poem about losing the otherworldly blues of ancient mountain lakes, now fading due to climate change.

Girls Move Mountains
Anna Huix | 2024 | 20 min | Spain
Asia Pacific Premiere

A group of young girls who use soccer to fight for gender equality and gain independence in one of the most remote places on earth, the Karakoram Mountain Range, Pakistan.

Instruments of a Beating Heart
Ema Ryan Yamazaki | 2024 | 24 min | Japan
International Premiere

First graders in a Tokyo public elementary school are presented with a challenge for the final semester: performing “Ode to Joy” at the ceremony for the new incoming 1st graders. Ayame, who often struggles to keep up with the group, is determined to play a major part, the big drum.

Girl of Wind
Nanhsi Yuen | 2023 | 38 min | China
International Premiere

Yang Yang, a lonely deaf girl, often climbs with her bare hands on top of 500 tall buildings in the city. By chance, Nanhsi, met her and the two started to share a special life journey together.

with director Nanshi Yuen following the screening on
* 28 June, 11:00 am, at Lumiere Cinemas
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Doc Edge: Shorts Four

A Two Hearted Tale
Rory K McHarg, Bret Miller | 2023 | 39 min | New Zealand, USA
International Premiere

Dave Chappelle asked for a Bell’s Beer during a comedy set in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Taking a sip, he casually called out, "The Two-Hearted Ale? Why the hell did you put a fish on the label?" This is the story of that label, and its eccentric artist, Ladislav Hanka.

Diary of a Head Injury
Jonny Kofoed | 2024 | 7 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

A bleed on the brain and concussion inspire a crash victim to confront the heartbreak, trauma, and confusion of losing connection with the only person he ever really knew.

Life Upside Down
Barbara de Baare | 2024 | 25 min | Netherlands
World Premiere

Mery fled from Armenia to the Netherlands and left everything behind. Her 14-year-old son David, is a talented breakdancer. Can David make up for his mother's lost dreams, or will he choose his own path?

Doc Edge: Shorts Four

A Two Hearted Tale
Rory K McHarg, Bret Miller | 2023 | 39 min | New Zealand, USA
International Premiere

Dave Chappelle asked for a Bell’s Beer during a comedy set in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Taking a sip, he casually called out, "The Two-Hearted Ale? Why the hell did you put a fish on the label?" This is the story of that label, and its eccentric artist, Ladislav Hanka.

Diary of a Head Injury
Jonny Kofoed | 2024 | 7 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

A bleed on the brain and concussion inspire a crash victim to confront the heartbreak, trauma, and confusion of losing connection with the only person he ever really knew.

Life Upside Down
Barbara de Baare | 2024 | 25 min | Netherlands
World Premiere

Mery fled from Armenia to the Netherlands and left everything behind. Her 14-year-old son David, is a talented breakdancer. Can David make up for his mother's lost dreams, or will he choose his own path?
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Doc Edge: Shorts Five

Refuge: A Duty to Care
Annie Goldson | 2024 | 40 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

From Doc Edge Superhero (2023), director Annie Goldson's film centres on life and work at a secret pet shelter, allowing victims of family violence to seek safety while knowing their animals are being cared for.

Finding Venus
Mandi Lynn | 2024 | 16 min | New Zealand
New Zealand Premiere

"Auntie Mandi...Am I fat?” These five words changed the trajectory of Master Photographer Mandi Lynn's life. Afraid that the next generation was going to face the same body shame that had impacted her life, she answered her niece as an artist and created a “Golden Breasted Shield Wall”.

Yatra
Hemal Trivedi, Matt Alesevich | 2024 | 27 min | United States
World Premiere

Haunted by her mother’s death, a young Indian-American medical student travels back to India to find closure. While there, an unexpected encounter with a young indigenous girl makes her confront her past and question her future.

with director Annie Goldson following the screening on
* 28 June, 3:30 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas

Doc Edge: Shorts Five

Refuge: A Duty to Care
Annie Goldson | 2024 | 40 min | New Zealand
World Premiere

From Doc Edge Superhero (2023), director Annie Goldson's film centres on life and work at a secret pet shelter, allowing victims of family violence to seek safety while knowing their animals are being cared for.

Finding Venus
Mandi Lynn | 2024 | 16 min | New Zealand
New Zealand Premiere

"Auntie Mandi...Am I fat?” These five words changed the trajectory of Master Photographer Mandi Lynn's life. Afraid that the next generation was going to face the same body shame that had impacted her life, she answered her niece as an artist and created a “Golden Breasted Shield Wall”.

Yatra
Hemal Trivedi, Matt Alesevich | 2024 | 27 min | United States
World Premiere

Haunted by her mother’s death, a young Indian-American medical student travels back to India to find closure. While there, an unexpected encounter with a young indigenous girl makes her confront her past and question her future.

with director Annie Goldson following the screening on
* 28 June, 3:30 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas
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