Brother Number One
The New Zealander lost to the Khmer Rouge's most terrifying slaughterhouse
JOIN THE DISCUSSION. Official Selection, Human Rights Film Festival, 2012 Official Selection, IDFA, 2011
Annie Goldson has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries, docudramas and experimental film/video for 20 years in the United States and New Zealand. She is known for producing films that are both politically engaged and formally innovative, such as Punitive Damage, released in cinemas in Australia, the US and New Zealand in 1999 and sold to major broadcasters such as HBO-Cinemax, ABC-Aust, ARD (Germany), WTN (Canada) and TVNZ). Another critically acclaimed documentary was Georgie Girl, released in 2002 (sales to Channel 4 (UK), POV(PBS), CBC, SBS, Canalplus and TVNZ). Both titles have also garnered major awards in film festivals. Annies most recent films include; Sheilas: 28 Years On (2004), a history of second-wave feminism in New Zealand; Pacific Solution: From Afghanistan to Aotearoa (2005); Elgars Enigma: Biography of a Concerto (2006) and An Island Calling (2008). Since Brother Number One was completed in 2011, she has produces, directed and edited the feature He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan which premiered at the NZ International Film Festival and was broadcast on Maori Television.
I conceived the film as a series of journeys, Kerry Hamills fatal hippie adventure of his yacht, Robs journey to the Cambodian court seeking justice and to confront his brothers killer, the journey of Cambodia and the Cambodians we met as they struggle with the devestating impact of the Khmer Rouge period, and I suppose the more abstract journeys a journey towards forgiveness, closure and reconcilation? These journeys are about our world, as well as the Cambodian experience, as our country, one way or another, is inevitably involved in the geopolitics that produce monsters like the Khmer Rouge. Audiences should expect a crisscrossing of journeys. I liked what Graeme Tuckett said, though, the film is not depressing but full of compassion and history. Just go see it, he said.