African Film Festival Giveaway!

Posted Monday 30 Mar 2015

Marilyn McFadyn is a WIFT member and the powerhouse behind the first ever African Film Festival in New Zealand. From April 9-15 they are planning seven nights of magic cinema,  with a variety of films across all genres, including some from women directors and producers from across the African continent.

All screenings are at the Rialto Cinema in Newmarket - one of WIFT's valuable discount providers so even more reason to go along!

This is the first time a festival exclusively dedicated to films from the African continent has ever been shown in NZ and even better the African Film Festival NZ have two great films by and about woman that we have some giveaways for, so read on....

Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle and The Supreme Price are both being screened on Sunday  April 12th.

Calypso Rose:

Calypso Rose, the ambassador of Caribbean music, is a living legend, a charismatic character and the uncontested diva of Calypso Music.

Traveling with Rose from Paris to New York via Trinidad, Tobago and back to Africa, in each place, we learn a little more about the many faces and facets of her life. It is a film not only about memory, the exchange and discovery of world cultures, but also the journey of a militant and authentic woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul, an exemplary artist, far from the glitz and glitter, at the dawn of her life.

Question: In which country was Calypso Rose born?

The Supreme Price:

The Supreme Price is a featured length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Elections and her mother's assassination by agents of military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.

Question: What is the relationship between Hafsat Abiola and the woman assassinated by Nigeria's military agents?

You can enter one or the other just so we have enough tickets to go around - so choose ONE answer and email it in the subject line to: by 5 pm Thursday 2 April. Winners only will be notified

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Dunedin We have Liftoff

Posted Monday 30 Mar 2015

How do you go about summing up the delights of Dunedin in a few sentences? You don't try. Take the easy route instead: grab a chair next to the fire and settle into this special Dunedin Collection, which offers the sights and sounds of a city edged by ocean, settled by M?ori then Scots, and overrun each year by flocks of students, many of them carrying guitars.

Timed for Otago Anniversary Weekend, the 30-strong Dunedin collection from NZ on Screen features scarfies, bagpipes, fashion from 2007 and 1973, and an albatross whose wings stretch three metres from tip to tip.

As Dunedin mayor (and former broadcaster) Dave Cull says in his specially-written introduction, the city's common thread is "creative impulse; it shows up everywhere - in music, fashion, film and TV production, art and architecture." The influence of legendary record label Flying Nun is clearly hard to miss - alongside definitive documentary Heavenly Pop Hits, look out for classic music videos from The Chills, The Verlaines and The 3Ds, and an RWP piece featuring Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate.

There are also glimpses of Dunedin and surrounds in classic early episodes of Spot On, gold rush drama Hunter's Gold and big screen hit Scarfies - plus docos on iconic artists Ralph Hotere, Jeffrey Harris and Cilla McQueen.

The full collection is here: 10 highlights are below.