Doc Edge Presents:, Academy Cinemas
Doc Edge Presents:
Doc Edge Presents* is a programme of regular documentary screenings throughout the year, usually on the last Saturday of the month (excluding May & Dec) at 2:00pm.
More info on the official website docedge.nz
Tickets via Eventbrite
Single Ticket $12.70 (incl. GST + booking fee)
*Door sale is available if the session is not sold out prior to screenings.
*Season Pass $109.76 (incl. GST + booking fee)
*The season pass is personal and is not transferable to another person or event.Also please amend the website with the following:
*This is not an Academy programmed event. This is programmed and organised by The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2004.
Saturday 27th January
Israel, Germany, USA | 2016 | 91 min | English, Hebrew | Alon Schwarz
In this moving documentary, the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other. Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Though Izak was able to form a relationship with his birth mother, his life was turned upside down years later when he located not only his birth certificate, but also another of a brother he never knew existed. Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of identity, resilience, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep--both nearly 70 years old--finally meet in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother.
Saturday 24th February
New Zealand | 2016 | 92 min | English | David Farrier, Dylan Reeve
After stumbling upon a bizarre "competitive endurance tickling" video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking-the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier's obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.
Saturday 31st March
Taiwan | 2016 | 82 min | Chinese | Jiu-Liang Wang
Director Jiu-liang Wang captures the striking, melancholic beauty of a vast and lifeless artificial landscape-a Chinese countryside covered almost entirely in imported plastic. Men and women build lives upon this waste, and children learn about the outside world through tattered western advertisements and tabloid images. Yet even within such a profoundly isolating and toxic atmosphere, hope and humanity find their way into the defiantly optimistic 11-year-old Yi-Jie. When she's not building forts beneath massive plastic mounds, or constructing fake computers from magazine cutouts, Yi-Jie dreams of eating real fruits and raising healthy animals, as well as attending school and befriending kids her own age. Her father, an alcoholic, can't afford to pay for her education. But she finds a kindred spirit in the young and optimistic Kun, the local recycling facility owner, who dreams, like she does, of one day escaping the plastic countryside and finding a better life. Whether they can break free or must simply make due with their harsh manufactured environment becomes the central tension within Wang's poignant, exquisitely realized film.
THE LAST LAUGH
Saturday 28th April
USA | 2016 | 85 min | English | Ferne Pearlstein
Comics, actors, filmmakers and concentration camp survivors discuss the ramifications and ethical dilemmas of using the Holocaust as a topic for humor.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
Saturday 30th June
USA | 2013 | 84 min | English | John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
MY HERO BROTHER
Saturday 28th July
Israel | 2016 | 78 min | Hebrew, English Yonatan Nir
A group of remarkable young people with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the India Himalayas, accompanied by their 'siblings. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a Down syndrome child in the family come to surface, while a heart-warming and special closeness develops among the siblings as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. Through the eye of the camera, we catch a glimpse into the internal world of those with Down syndrome, and are led on our own journey of discovery and admiration, as their inspiring natural qualities begin to emerge; wholesomeness, direct and honest emotional expression, and the capacity to feel and communicate unconditional love. The difficult trials and poignant relationships, set against the richly colourful backdrop of India, open new horizons and greatly deepen our understanding of special needs people and their families.
THE MAGIC PILL
Saturday 25th August
Australia, USA | 2017 | 90 min | English |Pete Evans, Robert Tate
Directed by celebrity chef Pete Evans (My Kitchen Rules) and Robert Tate, The Magic Pill follows doctors, patients, scientists, chefs, farmers and journalists from around the globe who are combating illness through a paradigm shift in eating. And this simple change – embracing fat as our main fuel – is showing profound promise in improving the health of people, animals and the planet.
However, The film was publicly denounced by the Australian Medical Association with Doctors slamming it as 'patently ridiculous, harmful and mean': See the ultimate paleo film for yourself.
Saturday 29th September
New Zealand | 2014 | 93 min | English | Bryn Evans
A NZ sensation. Senior citizens of Waiheke Island defy the odds to compete in the Las Vegas World Hip Hop Dance Championships to prove you are never too old to take the first step on the journey of a lifetime.
Saturday 27th October
UK, Russia, Ukraine, USA | 2016 | 85 min | English, Russian, Ukrainian | Steven Cantor
Ukrainian-born "bad boy of ballet" Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later - at the height of his success - he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
Saturday 24th November
New Zealand | 2017 | 88 min | English | Slavko Martinov
Join members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds. Meet Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Brian the loveable champion, Ian the exacting judge and more. Pecking Order is a hilarious, unique, heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which will delight and surprise audiences of all ages.