Fes­ti­val high­lights NZ cinema va­ri­ety

Hamilton News - - Entertainm­ent -

(In)visible New Zealand Film Fes­ti­val, open­ing in Hamilton next week, has been de­signed to show­case the wealth of New Zealand cinema, some you may have not heard of.

The fes­ti­val is ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the films that demon­strate New Zealand’s di­verse so­cio­cul­tural land­scape and her­itage. Films range from the iconic com­edy Came a Hot Fri­day to award-win­ning doc­u­men­taries such as Voices of the Land, and re­cent Cannes award win­ning short films such as Night Shift and Blue.

The film fes­ti­val is not for profit and is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of Are­zou Zalipour, An­drea Haines, Gra­ham Haines and John Man­del­berg. It is spon­sored by Univer­sity of Waikato, Hamilton Film So­ci­ety and Win­tec.

The film fes­ti­val is also as­so­ci­ated with the launch of On­screen New Zealand Di­ver­sity, an ini­tia­tive based on Are­zou Zalipour’s re­search and prac­tice in New Zealand and her on­go­ing com­mu­nity and in­dus­try con­tri­bu­tions.

On­screen New Zealand Di­ver­sity aims to ex­plore and pro­mote the ques­tion: ‘Is NZ ready for the real di­ver­sity on screen?’

On­screen New Zealand Di­ver­sity in­vites peo­ple to com­ment on the films be­fore and after screen­ing.

There will also be a Q&A ses­sion after each film screen­ing.

“This is my be­lief that as more peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds com­mit to a fu­ture in New Zealand, some feel the need to re­flect pub­licly on their ex­pe­ri­ence of mi­gra­tion, di­as­pora and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. The de­sire to shape their re­lated ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives into var­i­ous films and TV shows will help make New Zealand screens more di­verse and in­clu­sive,” Ms Zalipour said.

Voices of the Land will kick off the fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

■ (In)visible New Zealand Film Fes­ti­val, The Me­teor Theatre. Films screen at 7pm, fol­lowed by Q&A ses­sion.

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