My Year with Helen (2017)

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  Release Date: Aug 31, 2017
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  Runtime: 93 min


New Zealand film-maker Gaylene Preston rang Helen Clark to discuss making a documentary roughly Clark’s role as head of the United Nations Development Programme she had small idea how her year would unfold; or her film.

What begins as an observation of Clark’s six-year tenure at the UN becomes a fascinating analysis of how the Secretary-General is selected – the UN’s peak job, and a slant that’s been held by yourself by men.

We know the result of our former Prime Minister’s bid to make archives in 2016, but this doesn’t make Preston’s film any less intense or gripping. Clark’s role as leader of the Development Programme (I didn’t appreciate the perspective’s magnitude and responsibility) made her a worthy candidate, and yet, as we discover along the long-winded, bias and farcical election process, Clark never had a shot.

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