Final Night at the SOLD-OUT CART initiated Black Power Film Festival
The inaugural Black Power Film Festival ended on a high note
with the showing of former All Black Norm Hewitt’s biopic,
Making Good Men which deals with themes of bullying
and sexual abuse. Immediately after the screening
Mr. Hewitt shared a heartfelt discussion with the sold-out audience.
“At this point, honesty and helping others is what my life is all about,
so as a CART trustee, I was delighted to share some hard-won life-lessons,” said Mr. Hewitt.
The festival played to a diverse audience of community leaders,
police representatives, social activists and gang leaders.
The goal was to raise community awareness of how social issues underpin
incarceration and addiction.
Making Good Men was preceded by “extras” from The House I Live In, a searing critique of American private prisons and the profit-seeking “warehousing model” that results in mass incarceration.
CART trustee and former Paremoremo chaplain, Sister Teresa Donworth
drew the attention of the audience to what she called
“the tragedy that we in New Zealand have been following the same mindless model,
and creating precisely the same problems.”
The evening finished with attendees engaging in lively discussions with
CART trustees and patched gang members over pizza and wine in the Paramount lounge.
CART co-conveners Eugene Ryder and John Wareham have been asked to repeat the event in key New Zealand cities.
"Vital, cogent, and impressive"—Los
Featured former drug dealer Brian O’Dea —
who is also of the bestselling memoir,
HIGH: Confessions of an International Drug Dealer—
will share the discussions via Skype.
Beautifully Bold,Bravely Executed,Truly Inspiring.
—Kate Rodger / TV3
Former Black Power member and national spokesman
Denis O’Reilly will attend the screening and join the discussion.
"In a Chicago Slum,
an african American man dreams
One of the most powerful films to grace the screen"
"one of the most powerful films to grace the screen"
--- Hollywood Citizen NewsMaking Good Men"I wanted to kill himeand I probably would have.I didn't give a shit"Two high profile Kiwis reveal their unforgettableaccount of bullying and unprecedented honesty.Start of the movie, All Black Norm Hewitt will attend the screeningand join the discussion.________________________________________
Screened every Thursday in November 2016 at the
Wellington's #1 Arthouse Cinema