Intrepid Kiwi filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly sees her fourth feature documentary go on release in New Zealand this week. A Flickering Truth explores one man’s mission to save the Afghanistan film archive. The film had its world premiere in competition at Venice last year and has since gone on to screen in more than 30 festivals, from Toronto through Iceland to Hong Kong.
On its travels, the film has won Best Documentary awards at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival (Jordan), Warsaw Film Festival and Women in Film in the United States, as well as an Honourable Mention for Best International Documentary at the Bergen International Film Festival (Norway).
Following its NZIFF outings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch the film goes on release in those cities as well as Dunedin on Thursday 25 August, with Q&A screenings at the Rialto Newmarket (Thursday 25) and the Alice Cinematheque in Christchurch (Friday 26).
A Flickering Truth has been sold to StudioCanal in the UK, where it was released in April and received a four-star review in The Guardian. Umbrella Entertainment has the rights for Australia/New Zealand and negotiations are underway for a French sale. The film won DocPitch in 2013, and has received funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, the Sundance Institute, the Gucci Tribeca Fund and the BritDoc Puma Creative Catalyst Award.