New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada
New Zealand Film - "Song of Kauri" playing at the Wakefield International Film Festival on 17 March 2013
The Movie "Song of Kauri" filmed in New Zealand are premiering at the WIFF - Wakefield International Film Festival
Song Of the Kauri (NZ)
Director: Mathurin Molgat
2012 , 95 mins
Kauri are New Zealand’s majestic and mythological native trees, deeply rooted in its cultural and economic history. Yet they were nearly eradicated by early settlers and questionable government policies. Internationally renowned luthier Laurie Williams is one of a select few who works with this rare and resonant timber. His instruments have been played in concert halls, stadiums and in solitude, their unique qualities attracting enormous world wide attention. When woodlot owner Karamea Davis hears Williams’ instruments he says: “I want my trees to sing”. Can Kauri become New Zealand’s currency in the new world of green economics? The film explores the current perspectives and tensions surrounding sustainable planting and the latent economic and creative potential of these sleeping giants.