26 Nov 3:45 pm: My Year With Helen
Director: Gaylene Preston
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Helen Clark was New Zealand’s first elected female Prime Minister and in 2016 she attempted to become the United Nations’ first ever female Secretary-General. My Year with Helen gives a closely observed view of Helen’s bid for the top job, casting a wry eye on proceedings as the UN turns itself inside out selecting a new leader.
With unique access, award-winning film-maker Gaylene Preston explores the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope.
The cameras follow Helen Clark’s campaign while also carrying out her work around the globe as Administrator of the UN Development Programme – and staying in daily contact with her 94-year-old father back in New Zealand. Charting the highly impressive, but ultimately unsuccessful bid to land the U.N.’s top job, My Year With Helen follows the eminently qualified Clark through the male-dominated inner workings of the organisation and emerges with an inspiring portrait of a dedicated, no-nonsense woman who won everything, except the vote.
Followed by Q&A with director Gaylene Preston and subject of the film, Helen Clark.
Produced in: New Zealand
Running time: 93 mins