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Year: 2013

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 99 min

Produced In: New Zealand

Directed By: Miriam Smith, Christopher Pryor

Produced By: Miriam Smith

Language: English


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The Sisters of Compassion have lived in the remote village of Jerusalem / Hiruharama on the Whanganui River in New Zealand for 120 years.

Today, only three nuns remain: their legacy on the river is coming to an end. This is a complex world of powerful dualities; Maori and Christian spirituality, parties and prayers, pig hunting and perfume appreciation ...

Over the course of a year, the film follows the journey of Sister Margaret Mary, the newest Sister of Jerusalem, who is a regular volunteer at the local school.

Through an intimate, observational approach, the film offers a captivating portrait of the personalities of the local kids, whose humour and unique philosophies transcend the harsher realities of their life.

Throughout all seasons, the Sisters' daily practice of compassion engages with the traditions of local Maori. Together they learn to navigate life's heartbreak and joy.

Filmmakers Miriam Smith and Christopher Pryor lived and filmed in Jerusalem for a year, gaining privileged insight into this special world.

★★★★ Sunday Star Times
★★★★ NZ Listener
★★★★ NZ Herald on Sunday

"An eye-opening, moving, funny, charming and surprisingly beautiful film." - Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post

"A genuine triumph" - Dan Slevin, Capitol Times

"What a beautiful, generous, profound and loving film ... Utterly magic." - John Campbell, TV3

  • WINNER! Best Documentary (cinematography) 2012 NZ Film Awards
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION! 2013 Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION! 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival

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