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Raglan Film Festival opens Friday, September 15 at 7pm with a Kiwi film Haka and Guitars, fine food and continues with bevy of international films.

The international line-up includes My Pet Dinosaur for the kids, The Artist’s Garden for art lovers and gardeners, an Italian comedy of manners – Perfect Strangers, legendary skate movie – Lords of Dogtown, a hard-hitting exploration of USA race relations – I am Not Your Negro and a look at the life of influential rapper Tupac in All Eyez on Me.

Hastings filmmaker William Watson brings Haka and Guitars to the Raglan Film Festival opening night.

The award-winning documentary recently screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and has picked up a string of awards including best world peace documentary in the Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative.

Attending the opening night screening, Watson will discuss the highs and lows of a film that was 12-years in the making.

Set during the Pacific’s most bloody Civil War, the New Zealand Army found a way to achieve peace without guns and violence. Through the powerful influence of women and multiculturalism, Haka and Guitars shows the world there is a way to achieve peace in our time.

Former NZ Army Major Fiona Cassidy (NgatiKuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) returns to Bougainville to reflect on ‘Operation Belisi’, modern history’s most successful peacekeeping mission.

Check out this gem of a Kiwi film on opening night and get in quick for tickets which includes food cooked by Raglan kaumatua and a drink.

Plus an extra bonus:

Leanna and Dan- Steps, Stairs, Stairwells

Follow Raglan fire fighters Leanna and Dan Mills as they train for then compete in firefighter stair climbing competitions. Documentary/ 20 mins / New Zealand/ 2017

Since 2009, the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFAs) has celebrated the achievements of local Raglan Whaingaroa film-makers and actors. Films are awarded in various categories, as well as the overall RAFFA Creative Force Award. The RAFFA award trophy is designed by local Whaingaroa steel artist, Chris Meek.

Every year the RAFFAs are awarded at the awards night, a red carpet event that is the highlight of the Raglan Film Festival program. 

The RAFFAs run alongside the popular Raglan Film Festival from September 15-23, featuring films from New Zealand and overseas.

This year nominations included categories for young and emerging talent, plus categories for Tamariki – under 12, Rangatahi – 13 to 18 and Emerging Artist as well as Drama, Documentary, and Experimental. 

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