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Coming up - Tuesday Festival Documentaries

Utopia, Tuesday 24 January, 8.30pm
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians.  Utopia is Pilger's investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present.  It sets out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Pilger travels to Darwin, then to Western Australia and to the outback of New SouthWales, where he explores the high rate of Indigenous people imprisoned, the low average life expectancy, and the prevalence of preventable diseases and malnutrition among indigenous communities.  Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not.


In the Shadow of the Moon, Tuesday 31 January, 8.30pm
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.


Marley, Tuesday 07 February, 8.30pm (R)
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. Bob Marley’s birthday is on Waitangi Day 6/2/17.


Murderball, Tuesday 14 February, 8.30pm (R)
Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Voices of the Land - Ngā Reo o te Whenua, Tuesday 21 February, 8.30pm (R)
Paul Wolffram's film melds sounds from noted musicians Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo, recorded in spectacular locations around New Zealand, to demonstrate that the sounds of the natural world are a form of music too.  Nunns is a renowned expert in taonga pūoro - traditional Māori instruments like wood and bone flutes.


Endurance - Shackleton's Legendary Antartic Expedition, Tuesday 28 February, 8.30pm (R)
A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring new footage of the actual locations and interviews with surviving relatives of key expedition members.


Tales from the Organ Trade, Tuesday 07 March, 8.30pm (R)
Tales from the Organ Trade explores the controversial practice of black-market organ trafficking; from the street-level brokers who solicit kidney donors, to the rogue surgeons who perform the operations from the impoverished donors willing to sacrifice a part of their bodies for a quick payday, to the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.