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Here is one for those in Richmond and surrounds set under the eucalypts of Holden Street Reserve.
The movie is Whale Rider which is a wholesome and totally engaging movie set in rugged New Zealand.
I once visited the stunning setting for this film which is a tiny hamlet on the ocean shore line on the tip of the North Island. The whole mysterious region seemed wrapt in culture and ancient legends.
This movie proved so popular that it won both Sundance and Toronto Film Festival awards and was Oscar nominated.
It tells the story of a young girl's quest for recognition in a traditional Maori community. It is also a film that showcases human/animal relationships and the interconnected nature of all things.
The movie was directed by Niki Caro and stars Australian-born New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes.
The rating is PG. There is some sadness in some of the family scenes if you are weighing up whether to take young children. But the movie presents a minority culture with great dignity and respect, and the theme of female equality is well handled.
Central to this story is a young girl who becomes the next leader of her people despite her traditional and disapproving grandfather.
You are welcome to bring a picnic and share the night's sunset in the park.
The film is brought to you in partnership with the Holden Street Neighbourhood House and City of Yarra Department of Sustainability as part of the Sustainable Living Festival.