NZ International Film Festival: Building Bridges - Bill Youren's Vision of Peace

August 17th — 20th, 2023

Farmer, family man, and—unlikely leftist organiser. Bill Youren gave up a career as a lawyer to live a traditional farmer life in the back-blocks of the Hawke's Bay. He was also a zealous supporter of freedom of speech in a political environment, with the backdrop of the Cold War and the 1951 Waterfront Strike, where anyone labelled a Communist was seen as an existential threat.

Screenplay by James Beattie, Richard Bullen and Paul Millar.

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