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Boy

Boy

cclaimed director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) presents a creative coming-of-age comedy set in 1984, following an eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic nicknamed "Boy" (James Rolleston). With his mother dead and father AWOL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral.Out of nowhere, Boy's Dad (Waititi) rolls up in a vintage car with his "gang", and turns Boy's life upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.Waititi adopts a fanciful deadpan tone that's part Wes Anderson and part Flight of the Conchords, complete with child-like animations and hilarious re-enactments of Michael Jackson music videos. It's one of the most creative comedi [...]
Online
2018; 2010
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

From acclaimed New Zealand director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) comes an award-winning new comedy. Julian Dennison stars as Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neil) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together.
Online
2018; 2016
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options.
DVD
2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Allan Baldwin: In Frame

Through one incredible journey this doc immerses us in the Maori world in a way very few ethnographic explorations manage. In the 60s Allan, a young photographer, traveled through Aotearoa, obsessed with preserving the image of the moko, a Maori tattoo put on the chins of the Kuia women. Uncovering this breathtaking collection of photographs and his memories, the wisdom and beauty of an ancient culture is uniquely captured.
Online
2016; 2013
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What We Do in the Shadows

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Vladislav, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.
DVD
2015; 2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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ANZAC Girls

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Based on true events, this uplifting drama tells the story of five Australian and New Zealand nurses during World War I. Drawing on the real participants' diaries and letters, this six-part drama celebrates the contributions of women to the war effort.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Top of the Lake

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A pregnant 12 year-old girl who won't reveal who the father is, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a New Zealand lake and disappears. Robin Griffin is called in to investigate and becomes more and more obsessed. As she searches, she slowly begins to realize that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself, a self she has kept well hidden. A powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.
DVD
2014
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The Treaty of Waitangi [electronic resource]: An Introduction

Reaching agreement on the legal meaning and the "spirit" of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, has led to fierce debate and violent conflict between European settlers and the Maori peoples since its signing in 1840. This program examines the events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, consequences of the signing, the key points of difference in the two versions of the treaty, the treaty in the twentieth century, and the founding of the Waitangi Tribunal. The video is an excellent resource for students of New Zealand history as well as indigenous rights studies.
Online
2013
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Kawa

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It is tradition that Kawariki become the leader of the family now that his father is retiring. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes.
DVD
2012; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Adrenaline Nation [electronic resource]: New Zealand's Adventure Tourism

If you like a thrill, it's easy to fall for New Zealand. Adventure tourism is one of the country's most lucrative industries, and bungee jumping was practically invented there. But not everyone walks away from an extreme sports experience in New Zealand. Over the past eight years at least 50 people have died in accidents that may have been preventable if stricter litigation and compensation guidelines had been in place. Tour operators scoff at what they feel is a lawsuit-happy mindset, and recommend that those who are "scared of getting their knees dirty" go elsewhere for vacation. Is it possible to keep visitors safe without taking the adventure out of adventure tourism? This program examines New Zealand's adventure tourism industry and exposes significant flaws in the country's saf [...]
Online
2012
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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

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Tells the story of the world's only yodeling country singing and comedy lesbian sibling duo, the Topp Twins (Jools and Lynda Topp), who have inspired a generation with their politics and celebration of joy.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Insatiable Moon

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When Arthur, self-proclaimed son of God, sets off on a mission to find the Queen of Heaven, his world changes.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bride Flight

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A lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women who escape the gloom of post-WWII Holland for what they hope will be a better life in New Zealand. Ada, Marjorie, and Esther become fast friends during the long flight taking them to their waiting husbands. Upon arrival, they part ways to start their new lives, but their paths continue to cross with chance meetings resulting in adultery, betrayal, and near tragedy leading up to a reunion 50 years later.
DVD
2011; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Buddha Wild: The Monk in a Hut

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Buddha Wild provides an opportunity for a group of Thai and Sri Lankan monks, living around their temple in a country far from home, to talk about their commitment and way of life in a typically simple and modest Buddhist way. The film explores the tenets of Buddhism and the day-to-day lives of the monks. Director Anna Wilding gives the commentary with a well-judged mixture of seriousness and humor. Wilding gained access to areas of Buddhist temples that had never before been captured on film.
DVD
2010; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Donated to Science: Humanity Is More Than Skin Deep

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"In this film we follow a group of people who donate their bodies to the University of Otago Medical School. Otago is one of the few medical schools in the world where the students still do significant human dissection. We also follow the students who work on those bodies. We are there when they meet the body for the first time, we are there when they make their first cut, we are there when they take out the heart, the lungs, and the brain and we are there when they say their final goodbyes. What the students learn is far more than just anatomy. From the dead they learn life, they learn compassion and they learn humanity. After their two years of dissection is over, the students see the interviews with the people they worked on." -- from back cover.
DVD
2009
Health Sciences (Service Desk)
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Adventures With Purpose: New Zealand

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Take a breathtaking tour of New Zealand's natural beauty in high definition. Visit Mount Aspiring National Park, ice climb on the Franz Josef Glacier and spend a night in an environmentally friendly ecolodge. Plus, whale-watch in Kaikoura, visit vibrant Wellington, beautiful bird-friendly Kapiti Island and sacred Cape Reinga.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dance of the Instant [electronic resource]: The New Dance Group, 1945-1947

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The New Dance Group played a key role in pioneering modern dance in New Zealand in the 1940s - an inspiring example of a young group without money or institutional support, who succeeded in creating something new in the arts by sheer determination and innovative thinking. Their story (which involves some well-known New Zealanders from theatre and education) reflects the excitement of the immediate post-war years in New Zealand.
Online
2008
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Samoan Wedding

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Michael and his three best friends are barred from his brother's wedding because of their outrageous behavior. After they promise to behave, clean up their acts, and get girlfriends, things get out of control. It might take a miracle for them to attend the wedding.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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New Zealand 2 [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

Travelers Ian Wright and Zay Harding head out on individual expeditions of New Zealand in this Globe Trekker video. New Zealand is a land of immense natural beauty, with amazing extremes of climate and terrain, from rain forest to reef, and glacier to volcano. Zay explores the Lord of the Rings filming locations, participates in a sheep-shearing contest, attends a Maori ragatta in Ngaruawahia, learns about the art of canoe paddling, plays rugby with the national women's team, travels across the Southern Alps, attends the Hokitka Wild Foods Festival, takes a two-day trek through the forest, and ends up at the serene waters of Milford Sound. Meanwhile, Ian hitches a ride in a 1950s house truck, visits hot springs, and is welcomed into a Maori community where he gets first-hand experien [...]
Online
2006
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Her Majesty

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A young girl's unusual friendship with an old woman outcast from society changes an entire community. As a rural town excitedly prepares for a visit from the Queen, the townspeople pressure Hira, to sell her shack that has long been an embarassment.
DVD
2006; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)