How Far is Heaven

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About Jerusalem / Hiruharama, New Zealand

Though perhaps most famous for poet James K. Baxter’s commune in the 1970’s, Maori (Ngati Hau) have lived here for countless generations. In 1892 Suzanne Aubert (Mother Aubert) founded the Sisters of Compassion order in Jerusalem / Hiruharama - the only homegrown Catholic order in New Zealand. Today the average residential population of the Jerusalem village is 30 people.

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The Sisters of Compassion :

Journeys on the Whanganui River :

Articles & Reviews Etc.

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Mindfood Article

NZ Listener Review

Dominion Post Article

Illusions Magazine

Concrete Playground Review

Sunday Star Times Review

Dan Slevin Review Review

About the filmmakers

Producer / Director: Miriam Smith

Miriam first fell in love with Jerusalem / Hiruharama when visiting James K. Baxter’s grave as a child and met Sister Anna Maria planting daffodil bulbs. Since then, Miriam has written for print, film & BBC radio, and co-created the acclaimed New Zealand documentary THE GROUND WE WON.

Director / Cinematographer / Editor: Christopher Pryor

An award-winning cinematographer, Chris has shot a myriad of films, documentaries and art projects. Chris was also the director, cinematographer & editor on the highly acclaimed feature documentary THE GROUND WE WON.

Editor: Cushla Dillon

One of New Zealand’s leading theatrical documentary editors, her work includes BEAUTIFUL MACHINE, THIS WAY OF LIFE and TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS, as well as dramatic features THE PRICE OF MILK, TOPLESS WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES, SNAKESKIN and AFTER THE WATERFALL.

Composer: Rachel Shearer

Internationally acclaimed experimental musician and sound artist, Rachel’s current body of exhibiting work includes NZ’s first permanent public installation consisting solely of reproduced sound in the Wynyard Quarter on Auckland's waterfront and a solar powered sound installation in Albert Park, Auckland. Rachel was sound designer for the digital feature CHRISTMAS and on the documentary TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS. She was composer for short film NATURES WAY, (official selection Cannes).