Screening of Voices of Children

Voices of children to screen at NZ Film Archives

Press Release
VOICES OF CHILDREN– to screen at NZ Film Archive on the anniversary of February 22nd earthquake
Voices of Children is a 20 minute film in which Christchurch children tell earthquake stories.
When Christchurch suffered a succession of devastating earthquakes, AC Productions director and producer Anna Cottrell, a former Cantabrian, experienced the horror and sadness from afar.
“I saw my hometown with its broken heart and felt helpless. But when I heard or read children’s accounts I saw their optimism and wanted to record those stories on film.”
Voices of Children is an edited version of many hours of children’s stories. Anna Cottrell did not want to film children who were grieving or whose families were grieving over lost loved ones but to focus on children whose optimism and humour gave glimpses of a brighter future.
With funds from the Families Commission and the National Commission for UNESCO New Zealand, Anna made three trips to Christchurch to record children’s accounts – initially for the archives and the web. 
“I decided to edit a short film because through it all, children’s optimism, resilience and quirky humour shine through.  At this time of profound sadness for many people Voices of Children – children’s stories give us all hope,” she says.         
For more information:
Anna Cottrell AC Productions Ltd P 04 475 3147 M 0274 575 695
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
The Film Archive, Wellington location detail
12:30 pm & 6pm
Running time:
20 minutes
Ticket price:
Free or Koha to Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake appeal
Mark Sweeney
NZ Film Archive Manager – Presentation,; (04) 384 7647 x839
© Anna Cottrell, AC Productions, Wellington NZ February 2012