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When:

Wed 17 Sep 2008, 3:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum celebrates the storytelling of acclaimed New Zealand director Vincent Ward with a series of events culminating in a special projection onto the Museum's exterior.

Vincent Ward's new film Rain of the Children weaves drama with documentary to unravel the extraordinary story of Puhi, the Tuhoe woman who was chosen to marry the son of prophet Rua Kenana.

Ward relied upon the rare photographic collections of Auckland Museum while researching Rain of the Children. Many of these images are used in the film.

To mark the impending release of Rain of the Children, Auckland Museum hosts kaumatua groups, a panel discussion, a screening of Ward's documentary In Spring One Plants Alone and a special projection event onto the Museum's northern façade on Wednesday, 17 September.

The panel discussion at 3.30pm will be facilitated by Waihoroi Shortland from Maori TV current affairs programme Te Tepu, and includes tikanga Māori advisor Naida Glavish and Rain of the Children iwi co-producer Kero Nancy Tait.

Topics addressed in the discussion include the meaning of self-determination in today's world and how that evolves into self-preservation. The evolution of values from the time depicted in Rain of the Children until now will also be discussed.

At 5.00pm Ward will introduce a screening of his documentary In Spring One Plants Alone. From 1978-1981, fresh out of art school, Ward recorded his documentary, which won the Grand Prix at Cinema du Reel and a Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. In Spring One Plants Alone introduces us to the elderly Puhi as she struggles to care for her adult schizophrenic son. The documentary provided the starting-point for Ward’s new feature film.

From 7.00pm the festivities get into full swing with a special screening onto the northern façade of the Museum. The screening includes the trailer of Rain of the Children and a collection of stunning and rarely seen historical images than inspired the film’s production.

For more information visit: www.aucklandmuseum.com/809/special-projection-event---vincent-ward

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