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Posted Monday 16 Mar 2020

Rouzie Hassanova
and Francesca Carney plan to shoot their short film Girls at the beginning of May but they'd love some (financial) help to do so! Written and directed by Bulgarian born Hassanova, Girls is a coming-of-age comedy drama about teen sisters who must hitchhike to get home. Complications arise when they're picked up by gang members. Based on a true story, the film explores universal themes, weaving together cultures, lands and languages. Produced by Carney and edited by Francesca Sewell, the project was awarded funding from the Emerging Artist Trust (EAT) in Wellington, then launched a BOOSTED campaign to match the EAT grant to help pay for some much-needed production costs. In under two weeks, they've exceeded all expectations and reached their $6000 target, so they've stretched their goal to $8000 to try and raise additional funds for quality grip gear, sound mix and grade. 
Click here to go to the BOOSTED page and donate to Girls


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Posted Monday 16 Mar 2020


This is Us is a series of digital stories created by Iranian-New Zealand film-maker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh (pictured left) in response to the mosque attacks on March 15 last year. After Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said, "they are us", some Muslims were left wondering who she meant by "they" in her well-meaning but rather problematic declamation. In this series, Golbakhsh asks New Zealand Muslims what they love the most. Sometimes the answer is simple - tennis, the beach or the great outdoors. Some answers lead into deeper contexts such as the strong connections between Islam and tangata whenua or how the love of cooking allows someone to learn about patience. Some stories tackle harder issues such as xenophobia faced by a family which has been here for over a century or the realities of life since the attacks. The series aims to delight with stories that are ordinary yet special; unique yet universal.

IMAGE/Sascha Stejko

Click here to access This Is Us