Drama this morning. I’m with a friend of mine, in Hamilton (1/5 hours south of my home in Auckland) for her radiation treatment. We turned up this morning at the hospital were put in a room while prison guards and police searching for a runaway prisoner in the roof of the hospital. As we waited imaging the guy scampering around in the roof, we were told they didn’t want to crank up the radiation machine in case it affected the police trying to track him down. It seemed he was in for some dental work and on a toilet break took the opportunity to climb up into the roof. The guards waiting outside wondered why he was taking so long, and then found an empty loo and a missing panel in the roof. He was recovered though, falling through into the office of one of the hospital management. Oh to be a fly on that wall…..
Currently at the Binger Lab, Pietra Brettkelly is selected for The FORUM sidebar of IDFA, the international co-financing market for documentaries and Europe’s largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors, and independent documentary producers.
On Tuesday November 23, Pietra will pitch – as producer and director – her Binger project A Lightning Strike for the industry audience. Her documentary tells the story of a small Maori community that parts with a 16-year-old boy to attend Yale University hoping he’ll be the one to bring a future back to them. It’s a unique profile of a future leader taking his first steps toward that go
“A Stunning Film” NOW Magazine
“A brutally honest, remarkably self-critical reflection on foreign adoption.” LA Times
Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary the art star and the sudanese twins follows popstar of the art world Vanessa Beecroft’s intentions to Sudanese adopt orphaned twins.
But as New York gallerist Jeffrey Deitch states, with Vanessa there is no boundary between life and art.
Alongside the adoption process she photographs herself breast-feeding the twins, provocative work at $50,000 a print.
The film exposes Vanessa’s creative process, her struggle with depression, her volatile relationship with her husband and her love of the twins. Like Angelina and Madonna, Vanessa is a white westerner intent on ‘rescuing’ third world babies. But at what cost to her personal life?
The Rescue of Iani documents a landmark case that shocked even the adoption authorities in Romania..
When as a 10 month-old orphan Iani scuttled in his cot after volunteer nurse Alana, she never imagined that six years later Romanians would be claiming she’d stolen the child.
Ordered by Romanian authorities to return the six year old, Alana and Iani are ripped from a life in clean, green New Zealand to former Soviet block Romania, caught for the next two years in a bureaucratic nightmare.
Iani had become a New Zealand schoolboy who only spoke English. But authorities threatened to take him from the only family he’s known, Alana, and return him to an orphanage.
Any chance of adoption is gone with the cancellation of international adoptions by a Romania desperate to become part of the European Union, and its answer to a call to deal to child trafficking.
Filmed over a heart-wrenching two years, this two part documentary reveals the extraordinary story of one woman’s battle to keep the Romanian orphan who stole her heart.
One of hundreds of thousands left in Romanian orphanages over the last decades, Iani’s birth parents reappear to halt the process not once but five times.
It is then revealed Iani is one of at least nine children left by the parents. They want US$100. But Alana is adamant she will not ‘purchase’ the child she has put her life on hold for since she was 22.
You may buy the video Rescue of Iani (Parts 1 & 2) over on our store page.