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I posted the news of the Grafboys Poisoning paradise documentary being accepted into two prestigious International film festivals at 3:04 Tuesday 19th January 2010 and at 4:18 an email was sent to one of the International film festivals asking that the film Not be shown.
This is what citizen media is all about – exposing toxic BS.
We won't mention names ....but we know who you are
"The opposition have begun to try and stop the film festival opportunity already. Thanks goodness the festival organisers are fair, as I had believed they would be." Clyde Graf
Please see below correspondence
From: we know who she is
Sent: 19 January 2010 04:18
Subject: Poisoning Paradise is propaganda
I was very disturbed to read recently that Poisoning Paradise, a film by Clyde and Steve Graf of New Zealand , is to be shown at your festival. I am concerned that audiences unfamiliar with the issue in New Zealand would not recognise this film for what it is – a blatantly biased piece of propaganda paid for by the deer hunting lobby.
The film (it would be very wrong to call this a documentary) is also made by deer hunters, one of whom has been convicted of armed robbery. The very few so-called ‘experts’ that the brothers dredge up have no scientific standing in New Zealand . The ‘research’ is not peer reviewed and goes against all other scientific research in New Zealand (see the first link below).
Despite all their efforts, and financial backing, none of the television networks (public and private) in New Zealand have agreed to screen it for the reasons listed above. I believe that screening this rubbish would only lend credibility to these characters, and would reflect very badly on what looks like a fine festival that you run.
1080 is actually a critical tool in the battle to protect New Zealand ’s beloved native flora and fauna from introduced pests, and one that we cannot do without.
I have posted some links below that may be of interest and there is plenty more material that can be found.
I would appreciate it if you let me know what you decide to do on this matter.
An interview with Phil Brown, Programme Manager, Biodiversity, Auckland and some other DoC rangers who use 1080 as one of their tools on front line of native bird protection and recovery.
1080 Documentary wins Bent Spoon Award
1080 campaigner has bank robbery convictions
Poison pays off for endangered NZ bird
TV one news
Nuts to 1080 nutters, yes to bush and beef
By Jon Morgan – The Dominion Post
Over the Fence: It's 1080 hysteria - again
By Jon Morgan – The Dominion Post
The Response ............................................
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Director SBFF
To: we know who you are -
Sent: Tue, 19 January, 2010 8:46:10 PM
Subject: RE: Poisoning Paradise is propaganda
Our decision to screen this documentary film within the AMRITSA Film Festival network has been made and will NOT be reversed.
AMRITSA Film Festivals are dedicated to and based upon the right of the free expression of opinion.
This ‘right’ is one which we will hold to fast and maintain in the interest of debate.
Should YOU and or YOUR organisation wish to present an alternative point of view to that contained within ‘Poisoning Paradise’ then we suggest you submit a ‘film’ and it would be considered for screening.
Thanks for writing
BREAKING NEWS FLASH..................
Poisoning paradise has been accepted into another International Film Festival
Way to go guys !!!
Give it up DoC the evidence is overwhelming
I wrote the email out of concern for New Zealand's image and our native flora and fauna. I can categorically say that I do not work for DOC in any capacity.
Ironically a Google search of your name places you in the marketing and media relations’ game, as do your actions - ironically you both have the same email address to
fancy that !!
Sounds like your shrilling for Doc wonder how much they are paying you?
Naughty DoC not giving a local firm its money now that hurts !!