My Year With Helen

The story of an exceptional woman: New Zealand's first elected female Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and her campaign to become United Nations' first ever-female Secretary-General

Over the UN's 72-year history, there have been eight Secretaries-General; not one of them a woman. Helen Clark has spent her whole life breaking the glass ceiling, including her appointment as the first female Administrator of the UN Development Program, and ranking as one of Forbes' top 25 most powerful women in the world. With her familiar forthright yet measured approach, Clark embarks on her 2016 campaign, complemented by a groundswell of popular support for a woman in the role. Director-producer Gaylene Preston (War Stories, SFF 1995; Home by Christmas, SFF 2010) has crafted an inspiring documentary, one that celebrates Clark's achievements, as well recording another step forward for equality.

Festival guest: Gaylene Preston, Helen Clark

Talk: After the Saturday 10 June screening is Extended Q&A: My Year with Helen in the Festival Hub, starting at 6.30 pm

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Gaylene Preston

New Zealand

93 mins




Gaylene Preston, Catherine Maddigan

Women, Politics & Economics, World Premieres, Special Presentations, Gender & Sexuality

Distributor: Transmission Films