Private Journeys / Public Signposts turns the camera on photographer Ans Westra. The Dutch émigré has captured iconic images of New Zealanders since the late 1950s, expressively observing Aotearoa societal changes, particularly Māori urban drift. This film explores her remarkable life and work, and includes commentary from family and friends, fellow photographers, and colleagues — plus discussion of the controversy over her 1964 book Washday at the Pā. Luit Bieringa, curator of Westra's retrospective photo exhibition, directed the documentary — it was his first.
Funded by NZ On Air, TV One, and Air New Zealand