Kia ora koutou
The time has come! I am currently putting together the third and final exhibition in the Magic Playgrounds series at the New Zealand Film Archive. As I mentioned in my launch speech for the first exhibition Ko Te Taiao - Children and the Natural Environment, creating these exhibitions has been an immense privilege and learning experience. One of the things I was inspired by, when putting together my proposal for the exhibitions, was Bryan Bruce's Child Poverty documentary which will be a centrepiece in the final exhibition on social equality. I don't understand how we can have the kinds of appalling child poverty and health statistics we have in Aotearoa when we live in such a wealthy and abundant land, though I think documentaries like Bruce's and In a Land of Plenty might give us some very clear clues.
I need your help. What are your thoughts and opinions about social equality in Aotearoa today? What are your memories about what it was like in the past? What would you like to see in an exhibition of this kind? Do you know of any good films or documentaries that approach this topic? I'd be especially interested in footage of people or communities that may be finding ways to change inequalities, or that did so in the past. Please comment or even send me a private message.
We are planning a special opening for this final exhibition - I hope to see you there.
Ngā mihi mahana - Me rongo.