“It was like being in a Rock ’n' Roll Band”
THE RAINBOW WARRIORS OF WAIHEKE ISLAND is a film about a group of Greenpeace pioneers. Susi, Rien, Martini, Henk and Hanne (all from Europe) and Bunny (from New Zealand), once took part in a series of successful environmental protection activities until a bomb attack in 1985 put an end to their work.
The six recall their adventures as activists for the world's largest environmental organization on the Rainbow Warrior, acquired by Greenpeace in 1978. Some 25 years after their ship was destroyed while rescuing whales and protesting against French nuclear testing in the Pacific, they gather once again in Waiheke. In this 'haven for burned out Greens' as the island is jokingly referred to, the six idealists continue to live sustainably – as a writer, boat builder, eco-village resident, family man, Greenpeace activist and jam manufacturer – and in harmony with nature.
Title: Rainbow Warriors
Original Title: The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island
Language versions: Various languages with German subtitles
Length: 91 min
Director: Suzanne Raes
Screenplay: Renske de Zwart, Suzanne Raes
Cinematography: Wiro Felix
Editing: Elja de Lange
Sound: Frenk van der Sterre
Sound Mix: Alex Booy for ‘Boon & Booy’
Music: Joris Oonk for ‘Gerard et Jerome’
Featuring: Rien Achterberg, Martin Gotjé, Henk Haazen, Bunny McDiarmid, Susi Newborn, Hanne Sorensen
Production: Lennart Pijnenborg, IDTV Docs production in coproduction with NPS Television
World Sales: Films Transit International
Festivals: (selection):IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; HotDocs Toronto;Doxa Film Festival, Canada; Sydney Film Festival, Australia; Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel; ueberMut - das inklusive Filmfestival der Aktion Mensch (D)
Age Recommendation: 12
Supported by: CoBO Fund and The Netherlands Film Fund.