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War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us

Film (Full Length and Trailer) – 1995

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In this acclaimed documentary, seven women look back on their personal experiences of World War ll. Their intimate, unadorned stories are filmed talking heads style, alongside personal photographs and old newsreel clips. From tragic love stories to long-suppressed revelations of romance and death, War Stories is a revealing touchstone of New Zealand history. It won a long line of rave reviews, many from overseas. LA Times critic Kevin Thomas praised how director Gaylene Preston takes "a simple idea and turns it into a rich, universal experience". Read here about the film's long journey, and the acclaim that followed. 

We went to a little place and we had a meal. And all through the meal I got the giggles. and he kept saying to me "what are you laughing at?." And I said, "I wonder if all these people that are sitting here, eating all this steak and stuff, knew that we just got out of bed!"
– Flo Small on the joys of being a newlywed

Acknowledgements

Featured interviews, in order of appearance: Pamela Quill, Flo Small, Tui Preston, Jean Andrews, Rita Graham, Neva Clarke McKenna, Mabel Waititi 

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air, in association with TV3

Presented with thanks to the Aotearoa/New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

 

Music

Closing credits music 'As Time Goes By' composed by Herman Hupfeld

Music composed and arranged by Jonathan Besser

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