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The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island: Film Festival

The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island

The Netherlands 2009, 89m
Director: Suzanne Raes
Festivals: Amsterdam Documentary 2009; Berlin 2010

"On July 10, 1985, the Rainbow Warrior, flagship of Greenpeace, was bombed by the French Secret Service, killing photographer and crew-member Fernando Pereira. The attack was a response to the Greenpeace campaign against nuclear tests on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific, a campaign that was having an immense impact on public opinion. Twenty-five years later, 6 members of the original Rainbow Warrior crew are now living in a harmonious community on Waiheke Island.

For the 6 activists the bomb was a turning point in their lives. Susi, who once signed the purchase of the Rainbow Warrior, wrote a book about her life. Henk built his own boat. Engineer Hanne retired in an ecovillage. Deckhand Bunny became Director of Greenpeace New Zealand. Martini, the proud navigator, became a family man and tries to control his anger by taking pills. Rien, the ship's cook tries to make ends meet by making jams. All of them continue in their own way to work for the preservation of the planet. In this film, they recall the beginnings of the Rainbow Warrior and how with Dutch money and a huge volunteer effort, they transformed a rusty old ship into the symbol of environmental activism." - DOXA

In English and Dutch, with English subtitles