5 fascinating films about art and identity at the 2022 Doc Edge Festival

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5 fascinating films about art and identity at the 2022 Doc Edge Festival
Now in its 17th year, this International Documentary Film Festival includes a host of screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, as well as a full online programme. Showcasing diverse stories, gripping journeys and off-beat tales of people and the planet, the festival comprises 113 films shown over 40 days at seven venues.

The Doc Edge Film Festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival, which means winners in the competition will qualify for Oscar consideration next year. This year, the festival continues its hybrid format, offering both in-person and virtual screenings so that all film-lovers in Aotearoa don’t miss out.

“This will be our third year of offering virtual screenings, and we are excited to be able to continue bringing more films to people all over Aotearoa for a longer time,” says General Manager, Rachael Penman. Keep an eye on the Doc Edge website ( docedge.nz ) or sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates.

THE OTHER FELLOW

An energetic exploration of male identity via the lives of a diverse band of men across the globe all sharing the same name – James Bond. It features a Swedish 007 super-fan, a gay New York theatre director, an African-American Bond accused of murder, and two resilient women caught up in it all. World Premiere.

THE ART OF REBELLION

This follows LA-based street artist and activist, Lydia Emily, recognised for her socially conscious, hand-painted murals that beautify neglected buildings. Lydia is a 40-something single mother of two kids, one of whom is autistic. Lydia also has multiple sclerosis, which threatens her livelihood. Asia Pacific Premiere.

OKAY! (THE ASD BAND FILM)

Through a shared love of music, four musicians on the autism spectrum – Rawan, Jackson, Spenser and Ron – shatter the stigma of autism. Forming The ASD Band, they express themselves through song. We join them as they set out to write and record their first album and perform their first public show. Asia Pacific Premiere.

ONE OF OURS

Josiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in an Indigenous family in Canada. Years later Josiah is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament. He is refused the right to play a sport he loves and is exiled from his community. In the aftermath, he is left to examine who he really is. NZ Premiere.

STILL WORKING 9 TO 5

When the comedy 9 to 5 exploded onto screens in 1980, the laughs his a serious message about inequality in the workplace. Still Working 9 to 5 explores what has and has not changed for women over the last 40 years, delving into harassment in the workplace, pay gaps, sexism, and discrimination. Asia Pacific Premiere.

The 2022 Doc Edge Festival runs in Auckland and Christchurch from 15-26 June; Wellington from 30 June-10 July; and online nationwide from 1 June. 

To see the full festival programme including participating theatres, and to book your tickets, visit docedge.nz

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