READ, WATCH, LISTEN: New Zealand Sure Has Some Powerful Women

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Women in power seem to be the hot topic in the news this week!

Speaking of powerful women, My Year with Helen lets us follow Helen Clark, our first female Prime Minister, as she campaigned to become the next United Nations Secretary-General.

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As someone who hasn’t really understood the inner workings of the UN, the documentary gave an insight into what it’s like to be a fly on the wall at UN HQ. For those who are better informed, the process of electing arguably the most powerful person in the world is put into context.

With diplomatic visits to countries on the Security Council, trips as the Administrator of the UN Development Programme and holidays back to her dad’s place in Waihi Beach, we really get a full view of what it is like to be Helen Clark.

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As a documentary, My Year with Helen was inspiringly honest. You get political editors and journalists from various news agencies offering their opinion on the chances of various candidates and a directness from diplomats that is refreshingly pleasant.

Being in the public eye is never easy and Gaylene Preston captured the difficulties of being a powerful woman exceptionally well through highlighting all the work Helen Clark does despite the barriers she face.

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A must-see movie for anyone who is a woman, cares for a woman or is aspiring to be a person that can make a difference.

If you didn’t manage to catch it at NZ International Film Festival (Christchurch, Nelson, Timaru and Dunedin, you still have a chance!), My Year with Helen will be in cinemas August 31.

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