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Building Bridges: Bill Youren's Vision of Peace

Film (Trailer) – 2023

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Building Bridges is a portrait of Bill Youren, a Hawke's Bay farmer, peace activist and political organiser for the left — an unusual combination in conservative 1950s New Zealand. John Chrisstoffels' first feature-length documentary uses Youren's film footage, taken with a "trusty" 8mm camera, capturing his visits to China ( almost closed off to Westerners during the Cold War period) and his DIY farming techniques. In this trailer, biographer and co-scriptwriter James Beattie comments on how Youren's home movies provide an insight into Chinese society during a secretive time.

To visit China in 1952 would almost be akin to going to the Moon...
– James Beattie, Bill Youren's biographer, on his visits to China in the Cold War period

Key Cast & Crew

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Geoff Robinson

As: Voice of Bill Youren

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James Beattie

Writer, Research, Associate Producer, Subject

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Richard Bullen

Writer, Research, Associate Producer, Subject

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Paul Millar

Writer, Associate Producer, Subject

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Alexandra Porter

Producer

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John Chrisstoffels

Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Associate Producer

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