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When a City Falls

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2011

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I think they're gonna be adrenalin junkies.
– Expectant mother to be (of twins), interviewed in the film
At times the film captures very raw emotions and I have no doubt many people will find it moving. But we also aimed to show how the human spirit has triumphed over terrible adversity, and I'm sure people will walk away, having seen the film, with a sense of hope for the future of our city.
– Producer Alice Shannon
... this is the story of the people of Christchurch, living through their hardest year. And it's the film they deserve. At once a celebration of endurance and a lament of loss, it will still be being watched, 50 years from now.
– David Larsen in The Listener, 28 November 2011

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