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Refuge: A Duty to Care

A film by Annie Goldson

WORLD PREMIERE in the Documentary Edge Shorts 5 Collection - see below for tickets!

Refuge: A duty to Care film

Refuge: A Duty to Care centres on life and work at a secret haven that shelters pets from violent homes, allowing victims of family violence to seek safety while knowing their animals are cared for.

This film explores the Pet Refuge, located in rural Aotearoa NZ, a temporary shelter for domestic animals with owners escaping violent homes.

Research shows a majority of victims of family violence stay in dangerous situations for too long, fearing their animals will be harmed, neglected, or killed. Pets are often used by abusive individuals to exert control - to stop victims from leaving a violent home, or to force their return. The Pet Refuge, one of the first shelters of its kind in the world, looks after animals until survivors find a safe place to be reunited with their pets.

Refuge is a moving mosaic showing the busy, loving life at Pet Refuge threaded with survivor/victims' compelling first-person stories.

While the film addresses the persistent and pervasive problem of domestic violence in Aotearoa New Zealand and across the world, it also highlights our increasing awareness of the rights of animals - a recognition that they think, feel and suffer.

Pet Refuge is a living example of a ‘duty to care’, a small but significant active intervention that has real value in addressing a seemingly overwhelming problem.

DOC EDGE SCREENINGS

As part of the Shorts 5 Collection

AUCKLAND

THE CAPITOL CINEMA

JULY 07, 2.30PM

WELLINGTON

THE ROXY CINEMA 1

JULY 07, 2.45PM

CHRISTCHURCH

ALICE CINEMA

JUNE 26, 6.15PM

LUMIERE CINEMA

JUNE 28, 3.30PM

ONLINE

VIRTUAL CINEMA

JULY 15 - JULY 31

CREDITS

DIRECTOR
Annie Goldson

PRODUCERS
Annie Goldson, Alex Reed

DURATION
40 MINS

DATE
2024

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