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Hamilton to light Spark

The Tron’s SPARK International Festival of Media, Arts and Design, kicks off with the Hamilton Human Rights Film Festival which opens and closes with NZ titles.

Paora Joseph’s Tatarakihi: The Children Of Parihaka (screening with Guatamalan title Gold Or Life) and Himiona Grace’s The Pa Boys book-end the three days of screenings, which also include titles from Australia, Germany, Palestine and Russia.

Elsewhere in the SPARK programme are three other screen-related events: presentations by Tapiwa Chipfupa, Drew Proffitt and Mark Williams.

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African filmmaker Chipfuga will present on her feature doco The Bag on My Back, which recently played South Africa’s Encounters documentary festival and has screened internationally via Al Jazeera.

Proffitt is an Aussie TV writer and producer, currently busy with House Husbands, for which he writes and produces. He’s also written for Packed to the Rafters and done the obligatory stints on soaps Neighbours and Home & Away.

Williams used to work as Exhibitions Manager for the Film Archive, or Nga Taonga Sound & Vision as it’s now known and is presently a Research Fellow at WINTEC, organisers of SPARK. He’ll present The Artists’ Cinema, an annual programme of short single channel works designed “to consciously respond to, comment on, interrupt and/or reflect on the cinema context”.

Spark International Festival of Media, Arts and Design runs 11 – 15 August in Hamilton. Most events are free.

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