Having lost almost everything he has known, a young refugee must pave a future in a provincial New Zealand town. Fifteen year old refugee Tarek, and his older brother Nizar, have
Having lost almost everything he has known, a young refugee must pave a future in a provincial New Zealand town.
Fifteen year old refugee Tarek, and his older brother Nizar, have been re-settled in the sleepy provincial town of Alexandra, New Zealand. But settling Tarek’s emotional geography is a much harder task, and he cannot reconcile this well-meaning but insular culture with his war-torn past. When Tarek signs up for the annual rabbit cull it triggers more in him than he expects.
Part of the short film program “Kiwi Shorts – Take 1” on Friday, 27 September 2019, at 3:30pm.
“I was twelve years old and we had lived in New Zealand less than two weeks when I lay paralysed with fear in bed one night – explosions rattling the bedroom windows, flashes of light brighter than lightening. I eventually managed to move my legs and ran screaming downstairs to my parents, completely terrified. Having spent my childhood in Zimbabwe at a time of conflict, I had no context for these sounds and flashes other than gunfire – nothing else occurred to me. My parents opened the curtains and showed me the colourful patterns of light bursting open in the night sky to celebrate Otago Anniversary Day. It was the first time I had seen fireworks.” – Director Robyn Paterson
Cinematographer Alun Bollinger is arguably New Zealand’s premier cinematographer; images framed by Bollinger’s camera include some of the most indelible memories to come from iconic films like Goodbye Pork Pie, Vigil and End of the Golden Weather. He shot Peter Jackson’s early films (Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners) and led the second unit on Lord of the Rings
Cast: Saman Tehrani, Ram Al Laham, Peter Tait
Festivals & Awards
New Zealand International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Cannes Cinéphiles – Cinema des Antipodes
Show Me Shorts Film Festival