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DEGNZ member Christopher Walker’s Spears From All Sides will be screening for three weeks (August 30 – September 19) at the City Gallery in Wellington, as part of the film programme accompanying Brett Graham’s exhibition, Tai Moana Tai Tangata—a cautionary tale about human endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Filmed over three years, the feature-length documentary follows Opi, a young and charismatic Waorani activist, as he tells the dramatic story of a vehement, community based resistance by tribal communities in Ecuador, one of the most remote and beautiful areas in the world.

Released in 2019, Spears From All Sides has played across the globe, winning multiple festival awards including Best Documentary at the New Earth International Film Festival and the Spirit of Activism Award, at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

The documentary is also available to rent on beamafilm.

If you are in Wellington, head along to Tai Moana Tai Tangata at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

DEGNZ member Peter Young’s film, The Last Ocean, has been named one of the top 10 best ocean documentaries by ScreenRant.

Released in 2012 and directed by Peter, one of Aotearoa’s leading nature cameramen, The Last Ocean follows activists as they race to protect Antarctica’s Ross Sea from being ravaged by fishermen, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it?

This question was answered in 2017 when a joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States unanimously voted to make the Ross Sea a marine protected area. Speaking to NZ Herald in 2017, Peter expressed his relief and happiness that this decision “brings closure to an incredible 10-year journey, one that began with a passionate few and grew into an international environmental movement”.

The Last Ocean is available to rent or buy here.

 

The Last Ocean. Baby Weddell Seal heading up for fresh air / copyright John Weller

The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

Documentary filmmaker Peter Young, director and producer of The Last Ocean, will share his insights and experiences from the Last Ocean campaign, a movement that grew from a passionate few into an international environmental campaign that helped create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Peter will talk about the importance of the film, how it was financed, produced and distributed to help create significant change.

About Peter Young

Peter Young Peter Young is a director, cameraman and producer with a strong connection to the land and the people who live and work on it. In 2012, he was named New Zealand Independent Screen Producer of the Year. He has credits in well over a hundred documentaries, among them BBC’s Blue Planet Series, The Quest for the Giant Squid for Discovery, and acclaimed TVNZ series Country Calendar and Explorers.

In recent years, Peter completed and released the feature documentaries The Art of Recovery (2015) and The Last Ocean (2012). The Last Ocean spanned seven years and developed into a successful international campaign promoting the protection of the Ross Sea in Antarctica, culminating in November 2016 when 24 nations and the European Union created the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

Join us for an inspirational evening celebrating the power of film.

 

DEGNZ Selects: From Passion to Protection – The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

When: Tuesday 25 September, 6PM for a 6:30 – 8:30PM presentation
Where: Horse & Trap, The Loft (upstairs), 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha

 

A DEGNZ Selects event, made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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