New Zealand Rainbow

New Zealand Rainbow

The 21st century is no longer an era where countries have only one ethnic race and one identity. People of all nationalities co­exist and cross national boundaries every day. This is especially apparent in Korea, where we now see diverse groups of foreigners making a living together despite our long period of isolation caused by political and geographic conditions. Looking ahead, this trend is expected to grow. On the other side of the planet we find the relatively newborn nation, New Zealand, whose history and diversity is richer than those of Korea. Along with the Maori who have been living there since the 13th century, and with the English who arrived there in the 19th century, more immigrants from Asia and Europe have come to New Zealand since the late 20th century and have added to the nation's diversity, which is considered to be one of its biggest virtues. 'New Zealand Rainbow' is made up of films that depict the past and present of the various groups living in New Zealand, like a story of the Maori who are trying to maintain their cultural identity, the Polynesians who hope to keep their community spirit through physical activities and funeral rituals which remain a native culture despite European influence, an affectionate gaze toward the Muslim, an unfamiliar stranger. These films will provide a better understanding of New Zealand and its innermost reflection.
Lee Sanghoon
    • New Zealand
    • 2013
    • Fiction
    • 15'21"
    • HD / Color
    • English Sub
    The film is a contemplation of the complex factors defining the life of the New Zealand Maori in the 1900s, their nostalgia for the past and the brutal situation of the times. It is a poetic expression of a girl’s unusual day by director Richard Curtis, of Love Actually (2003) and About Time (2013). (Lee Sanghoon)
    • New Zealand
    • 2005
    • Fiction
    • 13'
    • HD / Color
    • English Dialogue
    Cutting between a girl’s memories about a boy and the Maori tangi ritual during the boy’s funeral, this film shows the loss of innocence and effectively contrasts life/death and youth/adulthood. It was selected for the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. (Lee Sanghoon)
    • New Zealand
    • 2003
    • Fiction
    • 11'24"
    • HD / Color
    • English Dialogue
    Knowing he does not have much longer to live, Cameron devotes everything to his favourite game, softball. He decides to live out his days as a coach beside the colleagues in his team. This short film is an autobiographical fiction by young Maori director Cameron Troy Duncan, who passed away soon after completing it. (Lee Sanghoon)
    • New Zealand
    • 2007
    • Fiction
    • 13'42"
    • HD / Color
    • English Sub
    A woman shrouded in clothing except for her large eyes is walking on the road. After a long walk through the streets of the city and past the train tracks, she finally stops in front of a coffee shop. A devout Muslim, she has interests other than ‘Allah’. Samoan-born female director Sima Urale talks about newcomers to the New Zealand scenery, the Mus...
    • New Zealand
    • 2008
    • Fiction
    • 14'28''
    • HD / Color
    • English Dialogue
    Three thousand kilometers northeast of New Zealand, on Cook Island, an old school janitor finds a strange message in the girls’ bathroom. He answers the message, and his ordinary life is no longer the same. This film was selected at the 2008 Locarno Film Festival. (Lee Sanghoon)
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