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How Far is Heaven Film (Trailer) – 2012 Documentary

How Far is Heaven

Film (Trailer) – 2012 Documentary

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The Whanganui River settlement of Jerusalem had a moment in the national spotlight when poet James K Baxter lived there in the early 70s — but it is home to a long established Māori community and the Catholic order of the Sisters of Compassion (since 1892). To make this documentary, Miriam Smith and Christopher Pryor spent a year in Jerusalem, following the lives and interactions of the nuns and the Ngāti Hau. North & South called their observations of a world of co-existing contrasts — Māori and Pākehā, young and old, secular and religious — “a cinematic treat”.

It was mind-changing. It was a completely different way to live, but it was really rewarding I think what surprises people is that while it is isolated, it's hugely social.
– Director Miriam Smith on her year in Jerusalem

Produced by

Deer Heart Films

Source

Deer Heart Films

Availability

Available on DVD or digital via official website or to rent and buy from NZ Film on Demand.

Acknowledgements

NZ Film Commission & Creative New Zealand Independent Filmmaker Fund

Music

Rachel Shearer - Composer