How Far Is Heaven

The Sisters of Compassion have lived in the remote village of Jerusalem / Hiruharama on the Whanganui River in New Zealand for 120 years. Today, only three nuns remain - their legacy on the river is coming to an end. This is a complex world of powerful dualities; Maori and Christian spirituality, parties and prayers, pig hunting and perfume appreciation. Over the course of a year, the film follows the journey of Sister Margaret Mary, the newest Sister to Jerusalem, who is a regular volunteer at the local school. Through an intimate, observational gaze, the film is captivated by the spellbinding personalities of the local kids, whose humour and unique philosophies transcend the harsher realities of life. Throughout all seasons, the Sisters daily practice of compassion engages with the traditions of local Maori. Together they must learn to navigate life's heartbreak and joy. "A eye-opening, moving, funny, charming and surprisingly beautiful film." - Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post.

Year: 2012
Genre: Documentaries, New Zealand Docos, Film Festivals 2012
Country: NZ
Director: Christopher Pryor, Miriam Smith
Duration: 99 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
Location in store: New Zealand (Documentary)



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