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Documentary: The Ancient Watcher

A documentary film by Monika Krochmal, selected for the DocEdge Film Festival

Kerry Strongman at work.

Kiwi carver Kerry Strongman has been working with kauri for more than five decades. His sculptures have been exhibited in the galleries around the world.

The Ancient Watcher is a portrait of this unique artist. A lyrical tale of art and nature, where trees become mythical heroes and the carver unearths ancient treasures and shares their secrets with us. Kerry Strongman talks about his Maori heritage and how it influenced his art and his life philosophy.

The film by Monika Krochmal is about origins, survival, beauty, myth and memory; a contemplation of nature and the human condition.

For more documentaries check out DocEdge Film Festival, Wellington May 10-21 and Auckland, May 24 - June 5, with this year’s best documentaries from around the world.