Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Waitati Film Society

by Leonie Rousselot

All welcome to join us at the Film Society at our new venue at the old Stores on Harvey Street on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.
Membership for one year is $65 and covers 27 nights of entertainment. We offer drama, comedy, history, or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment with convivial company.  For more info ring Leonie 482-2508 or Brigitte 482-2829 and visit our website: www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday July 1
LUMUMBA                 Fr/Bel/Germ/Haiti 2000
Patrice Lumumba was a driving force for the rapid independence of the Republic of the Congo from its colonial master, Belgium, in 1960.  This film re-enacts the 12 weeks for which he was the first democratically elected Prime Minister before being ousted by Joseph Mobutu, who in 1961 had the 35 year old executed. His crime was to have opposed the independence of the mineral-rich province of Katanga with its heavy USA and other foreign investments. Though denied, the USA as well as the UK and Belgium were implicated in his death.           115m

Tuesday July 8
Even the tropical paradise of the Canaries Islands does not escape being the destination of the relentless process of people trying to escape their home countries in search of a better life. Zola and his son Mamadou are some of the few survivors of a stricken refugee boat from the Congo. German tourist Nathalie’s instinct is to help them as much as possible but customs man José, bled of compassion, merely wants to inter them before deportation. Is he callous or pragmatic, she idealistic or naïve? What would you do?     95m

Tuesday July 15
BAMAKO                           Mali/Fr/USA 2006
This film is named after the capital of Mali, a poverty-stricken African nation. It depicts a trial at which the prosecution blame the imposed, inappropriate policies of the World Bank and the IMF for the perilous financial state of many African nations. The defence blames the widespread government and commercial practices that can only be described as wholesale corruption.      115m

Tuesday July 22
GET LOW                  Germ/Poland/USA 2009
Rumours abound about Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) who lives as a hermit deep in the woods. The intrigue increases when he turns up one day with a wad of money asking for a party at which townsfolk will be asked to repeat the rumours, one of which involves his previous relationship with widow Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek).               103m

Tuesday July 29
GARDENING WITH SOUL              NZ 2013
Shown at the Film Festival last year, this documentary follows Sister Loyola for a year as she tends the gardens of the Sisters of Compassion. Though 90, her mind is as sharp as her pruners and her humour and worldly understanding have not faded. She was part of that generation that spoke their minds and never flinched from hard work.    100m

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