In Gaylene Preston's documentary, seven elderly women recall their personal experiences of World War ll (this excerpt features Mabel Waititi, aka Aunty Mabel). Their intimate, unadorned stories are filmed talking heads style, interspersed with personal photographs and period newsreel clips. From tragic love stories to long-suppressed revelations of sex and death, War Stories is a revealing touchstone of New Zealand history. It received international acclaim. LA Times writer Kevin Thomas enthused that Preston takes "a simple idea and turns it into a rich, universal experience".
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
Music composed and arranged by Jonathan Besser