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Building Bridges: Bill Youren’s Vision of Peace
Building Bridges: Bill Youren’s Vision of Peace

Sun, 10 Sept


Dome Cinema & Bar

Building Bridges: Bill Youren’s Vision of Peace

A feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and times of Hawkes Bay farmer and peace activist, Bill Youren, during the post war years up until the 1970s. Directed by John Chrisstoffels

Time & Location

10 Sept 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dome Cinema & Bar, 38 Childers Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

About the event

In particular, he was taken by the Chinese people, their history and art, as well as the new progressive possibilities that a new China in the 1950s might offer. In the name of peace, Bill was writing pro-Chinese articles and letters to newspapers and magazines during a time when we in New Zealand, were fighting communism in Korea and later Vietnam. Bill became good friends with Rewi Alley and shared with him the love of Chinese art and culture, organising talks and exhibitions throughout New Zealand up until the time of his death (1983). However, the most extraordinary thing about this documentary is that Bill filmed all his exploits on an 8mm movie camera. In this way the film provides a unique candid view of both New Zealand and China that has never been seen before. Not only do we get to see a rare glimpse of life behind the ‘Bamboo Curtain’ but also, we see aspects of a lost New Zealand at a time before television arrived. Bill’s story is told primarily with all his own words from letters and articles alongside his own 8mm footage and slides. His daughter, Dale, tells us of his personal life while historians give us a context for the times in which Bill was living in.

Trailer here

Bar from 5pm, movie at 6.30pm.

Booking essential: to reserve a dining table or a movie beanbag please text name, date, movie and number of people to  027 590 2117.

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