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Battle Scars: Personal Visions of War

Battle Scars: Personal Visions of War

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  • Sun 24 Feb ’19, 2:00pm – 3:30pm


Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal St, Christchurch



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  • Free Admission

Veteran Documentary Corps director Daniel Bernardi* presents 10-minute documentaries revealing the diverse experiences of World War 1 men and women including French Air Force pilot Raul Lufbery, nurse Helen Fairchild, medic John Henry Balch and African-American Harlem Hellfighter Noble Sissle.

These films are part of the Corps’ global project that aims to give voice to diverse veteran communities irrespective of war or nation, and to examine the challenges (trauma, social stigma, loss of friends) and opportunities (leadership, humour, resilience) of war.

There will also be a pre-screening of two documentaries made more recently in Israel. This is a rare opportunity to view unique and compelling footage and hear seldom-heard perspectives. Bernardi will speak from first-hand experience as a veteran and a Navy Reserve Officer. There will be time for discussion at the end.

Open to the general public – free/koha. Rating PG; 80 minutes. Doors open 1.30pm.

(*Bernardi is a cultural studies scholar and documentary filmmaker in the School of Cinemas at San Francisco State University. His research explores the representation of race and ethnicity in film, television and popular culture. He has served in the United States and around the world, including Italy, Iraq, Indonesia, Oceania and Vietnam.)

The Canterbury Film Society offers weekly screenings of top-quality arthouse, international, local, rare and classic feature films, documentaries and more. Full membership provides access to all screenings during our February–November season at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, for under $4 per film!

We welcome new members of all ages and provide a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with drinks and snacks for purchase and opportunities to socialise each Monday night. We run a carefully curated programme over nine months, each film introduced by a guest presenter.

We run DVD swap nights, coffee and chat sessions after some films, and regular Open Nights (ie non-members welcome) so you can come along and sample our wares, or bring other people along. We work hard to captivate, inform and inspire film buffs as well as those on the hunt for alternatives to mainstream cinema. We’re quite literally the best-kept film screening secret in town!

The 2019 35-film season runs on Mondays, beginning at 7.30pm, from 18 February to 11 November (except public holidays and Mondays that coincide with the NZ International Film Festival). Three events are double features.

See our website or pick up a brochure from the Christchurch Art Gallery or a public library to read about the Society and the 2019 programme, including our Open Events at which non-members are welcome.

The Open Events, listed below, are by donation/koha unless indicated otherwise:
- Monday 25 February at 7.30pm, “The American War”
- Monday 18 March at 7.30pm, “Grave of The Fireflies”
- Monday 20 May at 7.30pm, “Western”
- Monday 24 June at 7.30pm, “A German Youth”
- Monday 14 October at 7.30pm, “The Flight of the Te Hookioi” and “Allan Baldwin In Frame”
- Monday 31 October at 7.30pm, “Suspiria” and “Re-animator” (Halloween Spook-Night Special double feature). Tickets $10; drinks $5; fangs optional!

Annual membership runs for 12 months from the date of joining and is $132 for a full new member, discounted membership is $122, tertiary student membership is $70 and youth membership (13–18 years of age) is only $50.

This year we are also offering two half-year membership options from Feb–Jun and Jul–Nov for $70. Full membership entitles members to discounted IFF events and free entry to screenings at all 13 Societies nationwide.

Our three-film $30 Flexi-Pass membership is also very popular. This has no expiry date and can be used for entry to three events of your choice or shared amongst friends.

Visit the website to sign up for email updates, join the Society online or for Membership Secretary contact details.

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