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Jan Bieringa’s new documentary premieres at Cinema Showcase

News from World Cinema Showcase
A Wellington documentary is to have its world premiere as part of the World Cinema Showcase at the Paramount on Sunday. It is headlining an international selection of over 35 features and documentaries.

Jan Bieringa’s Te Hono ki Aotearoa documents the commissioning and delivery of a new waka taua for the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.

“The sight of a magnificent waka taua being propelled through European waters is a thing of beauty to stir the heart of any New Zealander,” says the festival’s director Bill Gosden. “What’s so fascinating here is Jan’s insights into the way it stirs European hearts too. The rapport between master carver Hekenukumai Busby and the museum’s director is the starting point for a gratifyingly thorough immersion in kaupapa waka.”

Another New Zealand feature which premiered in the Showcase is Mental Notes, from filmmaker Jim Marbrook. Five former patients recall their experiences in the psychiatric institutions that were the bastions of the country’s mental health for most of the last century.

“Jim’s subjects provide a gentle, affirmative assertion of survival against the odds while bearing eloquent witness to a long dark era in our social history,” says Festival Director Bill Gosden.

The annual Showcase, now in its 14th year, is selected by the NZ International Film Festival. “The Showcase is an important part of the New Zealand Film Festival Trust’s annual screening calendar. It gives us the opportunity to present films that debuted after last year’s NZIFF, unreleased gems deserving a second viewing from the Festival, and discoveries made in the course of the never-ending quest for great movies.” says Gosden

The full programme is now available online and at the Paramount.

Quick Facts about the World Cinema Showcase 2012
• 14th year running
• 36 films including one 3D film
• Two New Zealand films
• 30 countries represented
• 91 screenings in Wellington

Official website: worldcinemashowcase.co.nz
Facebook address: facebook.com/worldcinemashowcase
Twitter profile: twitter.com/wcshowcase

Press Release – World Cinema Showcase
Te Hono ki Aotearoa will have its world premiere as part of the World Cinema Showcase 2012 programme, with over 36 features and documentaries from thirty countries. This film by filmmaker Jan Bieringa is an 84 min documentary on the commissioning, the making, the launch and the emotional handover of the waka to the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, 2010. The film follows the journey of the waka as it becomes the waka for Europe and has its inaugural journey on the river Thames… the journey has just begun.

Programme notes from the Director of the World Cinema Showcase 2012:

“Don’t crash it”, [said] Chappy Harrison as he hands over to Koos Wabeke the young Dutchman who will guide a beautiful new waka taua down Dutch canals. The waka, Te Hono ki Aotearoa, was commissioned for the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden by Toi Maori Aotearoa, as was this lively film describing its creation – and the dedication of all involved to avoiding crashes of the inter-cultural kind. Dutch immersion in kaupapa waka begins propitiously in museum director Steven Engelsman’s desire to get it right and in the affinity he strikes with the master carver Hekenuimai Busby.

Given a front row seat from the earliest negotiations through to the handing over, filmmaker Jan Bieringa is alert to the different ways in which so many men on the project, young and old, Maori and Dutch, inhabit the rituals that invest meaning in the work. With all due tact and admiration her film marks the generation of something deeply stirring: a taonga destined never to return but to make Aotearoa manifest on European waters. Bill Gosden, Director NZ International Film Festival

Sunday 22 April 5:15 PM Paramount Wellington