Tuesday 28 May 7.30
A rare screening of ‘PATU’, followed by a discussion.
“Patu” is a startling documentary record of the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout New Zealand during the winter of 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour. It is a landmark in New Zealand’s film history, and marks a moment when New Zealand was torn in two by the 1981 Springbok rugby tour over the issue of racism and indigenous rights.
With its highly-charged images of mass pitch invasions and clashes between police and anti-tour marchers, Patu firmly sided with the later, and is passionate, activist film-making at its most compelling.
The director: Maori filmmaker Merata Mita was the first woman to direct a feature-length documentary in New Zealand, and also directed the feature-film ‘Maori’.
DISCUSSION: Anti-Apartheid: South Africa, Israel and Sporting Boycotts Professor Jonathan Rosenhead (BRICUP chair), on the anti-Apartheid ‘Stop the Tour’ campaigns of the 70’s & 80’s, with Michael Deas, BDS National Committee (BNC) for Palestinian rights on ‘Kick Israeli Racism out of UEFA‘. All welcome!