Photo description L-R: Home Ground Team (Anna at home) at the Opening event of Carving our Name into the Space at Te Auaha Cinema. / Te Auaha / Phillipa and Jacqui outside the Te Auaha Cinema, holding the Home Ground: Carving our Name into the Space poster.
The short films were open to public viewing throughout the day in the Cinema on level 1, on Friday 4 March and Saturday 5 March. The three 5-minute short films were created by our participants on Project Whā and are based on women’s experiences of the justice system and their reintegration back into the community.
Due to Covid-19 Red level restrictions the Cinema could host 12 people at a time, which prompted us to move our closing night Online, in the hopes we reach more of our community.
Thank you to every single person who tuned in and joined us for Live Q&A Facebook session on Saturday 5 March, we appreciate every comment, like and view.
For Home Ground, one of our goals for 2022 is to grow our Home Ground whānau, to advocate and connect with our community. We feel so grateful for the awesome conversations we had at the event, all thanks to the thoughtful questions and comments supplied by our viewers.
A heartfelt thank you to our MPs Marama Davidson and Jan Logie for joining us on the night, it meant a lot to see some of our Home Ground wāhine communicating directly with our representatives in Parliament!
We believe the Fringe Festival played an important part in our Home Ground mission to advocate for this incredible talent and passion communicated by the women.
Our hope was that audiences leave the evening feeling a greater understanding of the impact of the justice system. That they have listened to what these women have to say,
with a deeper understanding of their stories and therefore themselves. We are more able to weave back into our community by society and our community learning and understanding our stories. To welcome and support women to come home.
Photo descriptions L-R: Staff from Ara Poutama Aotearoa Corrections NZ at Te Auaha to view our short films. / Inside the Cinema at Te Auaha at our live Q&A closing night. / Home Ground crew after the closing night event.
Thank you to the New Zealand Fringe Festival team, for all the help and guidance. It was a privilege to work with you, to use that platform to advocate for our projects and connect with our community.
We are grateful to Te Auaha for hosting us and for taking care of us in this space.
We thank Creative New Zealand for making it possible for us to bring our films to the public, on such a grand stage.
We thank the wāhine and artists on the projects, who made these beautiful films come to life.
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Congratulations to all who participated in the New Zealand Fringe Festival this year, so much talent and creativity, especially during these challenging times.
We need the arts!