Films By Pietra Brettkelly

"An historical journey, a love letter to Afghanistan, its cinema and people." – CineVue ... When the Taliban came to power, it marked the end of the Afghan film industry. They considered cinema to be the cornerstone of decadent Western culture, and would punish anyone who made new films, or failed to destroy existing films. But defiant art lovers ignored this decree, risking their lives to protect... Read more
"If Madonna and Angelina Jolie can do it, why can't performance artist Vanessa Beecroft adopt an exotic Third World baby?" - Variety ... Vanessa Beecroft's work has always been provocative. Her nude tableau - photographs of dozens of naked women standing motionless in stark locations - both attracted controversy and made her a celebrity; the critics could never decide if it was feminism or exploit... Read more
“Pietra Brettkelly may well be profiling New Zealand's future Prime Minister.” - Variety ... In Maori Boy Genius Pietra Brettkelly (The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, MIFF 08) explores the life of gifted Maori teen Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti, who's trying to balance his academic aspirations with his cultural duties. ... From an early age, those around him have believed Pumanawawhiti is destined ... Read more
Veteran documentarian Pietra Brettkelly spins a contemporary haute couture Cinderella tale from the story of China’s Guo Pei – the designer behind the famed yellow dress worn by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. ... That dress won Guo Pei international attention. It was sweet vindication for the Chinese couturier, who’d grown up in the Cultural Revolution when Mao suits were the only acceptable fashio... Read more
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