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🎥 RIVER OF FREEDOM is finishing its 6th week of cinematic release in New Zealand. Since Thursday 7 September we have had a total of 52 cinemas screen our film, and have been ranked at least in the top 13 films each week!

Last week, on Thursday 12 October 2023, RIVER OF FREEDOM started the week at NUMBER FIVE in the BOX OFFICE!! And that's with no more than 22 cinemas showing the film that day.

There are still 27 cinemas with sessions booked, and another two cinemas came on board just last week. For the most up-to-date information about cinemas playing the film, head to our Screenings page and click on your local cinema to go directly to their website.

For those towns with cinemas that chose NOT to show the film, the team has been working with locals to bring you Community Screenings. Keep your eye on our website for more details, and if you're interested in exhibiting the film in a theatre near you, please email Heidi, our Cinema Distribution Coordinator 💌

Merchandise - support our mahi!

RIVER OF FREEDOM was released independently, with almost no media attention. Instead we have relied on word of mouth from our amazing supporters! 🤩
Grab yourself some merchandise and wear it proud while you help us promote the film 😎

Seen the film? Leave us a review!

Cinemas are reporting a FANTASTIC response from the public, especially from cinemas who had been hesitant to screen RIVER OF FREEDOM! With so much public interest, these theatres have added a lot more sessions to their schedules than originally planned.

Ngā mihi to all who have made it to the cinema already, and an even bigger thanks to those who gave us a review on our IMDb page - please go there now and review the film if you haven't already ❤️ Every click pushes us higher up the ranking system! 🔝

"A modern day David and Goliath of the people of New Zealand standing up against a tyrannical government" on 9 Oct 2023

"Documentary film making at its finest!" on 6 Oct 2023

"A brilliant & harrowing portrayal" on 27 Sept 2023

"Brilliant true story - exactly what I experienced there portrayed on screen" on 25 Sept 2023

Read one of the professional Film Reviews, listed on our website.

What next for River of Freedom?

We have had overwhelming interest in the film from people here at home, from our neighbours across the ditch, and also internationally. We plan to release a Blu-ray with a book about the film. And yes, we are working towards an online release of RIVER OF FREEDOM as soon as possible!

We can't wait to bring the film to this wider audience, and good things take time... and money. If you are able to help support our work, our small team would be extremely grateful! ❤️

💥 BEWARE of posts on our social media pages offering a chance to purchase the film online. This is a scam. We will let you know as soon as we plan an online release.

Ngā mihi nui, thank you so much!

A huge amount of work has gone into finishing this documentary and getting it into cinemas. Thank you to all of our supporters! Without you, this would not have been possible.
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Ngā mihi nui!