The Documentary Edge Festival presents 72 films from New Zealand and around the world from 26 April until 13 May 2012. The festival seeks to bring documentaries that:
- are thought provoking and challenge the audiences
- provide a valuable insight into the topics and issues that confront our society
- build bridges of understanding
- give a voice to people and communities that are rarely or not heard
- are cutting edge and innovative in their genre, style, narrative and delivery and welcome multi-media and experimental documentary films
- promote a cinematic experience while at the same time ensuring that the works of emerging, independent and low budget films continue to be celebrated (see the festival's about page).
Six films have been selected for the special section dedicated to the Arab Spring. Director Amal Ramsis explored the meaning of the word "Forbidden" in Egyptian daily life only a few months before Mubrak's regime was overthrown:
Forbidden - Trailer Egyptian Documentary from Achille Coenegracht on Vimeo.
More trailers are available on the festival's Vimeo channel. Films are screening at Events Cinema Newmarket and Auckland Art Gallery, before the festival continues in Wellington from 17 May to 3 June 2012.