My Year With Helen
A behind-the-scenes human view of the inner workings of global power.
With unique access to high-ranking candidate Helen Clark, award-winning filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General. Her cameras explore the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope. An observational documentary, My Year With Helen travels alongside Clark as she works on global development issues as head of the UNDP while also campaigning for SG and staying in daily contact with her 94-year-old father back in New Zealand.
2017: Sydney International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Canberra International Film Festival 2018: Athena Film Festival, Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival, Global Justice Film Festival, Winnipeg, One World Film Festival, Canada