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Gung Ho – a film about NZer Rewi Alley


 

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NZ Charitable Association is hosting a free screening of the Gung Ho, a documentary about Rewi Alley. It’s being held on Saturday 18 November, 4:15-6pm, at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (Taranaki Street, Wellington). There are light refreshments too! Please RSVP by 14 November to otv@ovt.co.nz

More info on the film and Rewi below:

This TV special was directed by Geoff Steven, who will present at this screening, and includes new footage that was not in the original screening.

In 1979 a small group of New Zealanders were invited to travel through China to visit the locations and to record the life story of remarkable New Zealander and great friend of China – Rewi Alley.

Alley had firmly established himself as one of a small group of foreigners who had fully earned the respect of the people of China and its Government. The connection gave him and his team access to places and situations not visited by western media so their nearly three month trip covered over 6,000 miles from the Eastern coast to the Gobi desert; from the gorges of the Yangtze River to the steppes of Inner Mongolia, and from small country villages to the streets of Beijing. The documentary captures a glimpse of a China that was relatively unknown to the wider world at a time when the country was beginning to embark on the incredible journey that has made it the great power that it is today.

The screening is part of a series of events celebrating Alley’s 120th, organised by the NZ Charitable Association and sponsored by Oceania TV.

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