MILKED creators respond to criticism from taxpayer unions about government funding
After the New Zealand Taxpayers Union voted against the NZ Film Commission $ 48,000 finishing grant to
TREATY, the creators of the documentary responded with a detailed article on social networks.
Their message responds to the NZTU’s accusation that the film is “explicitly political”: “MILKED is an independent documentary produced by a small team of people unrelated to any political party. He received a final grant from the film commission after being selected for the New Zealand International Film Festival. In addition to contributions from Greenpeace Aotearoa, SAFE and the Aotearoa Green Party in New Zealand, it also features contributions from Federated Farmers, the Minister of Agriculture and Dairy Farmers, as well as industry leaders. many opportunities to express yourself. “
The NZTU press release also claimed that “the filmmakers have been far from candid about the government support they have received,” but the filmmakers responded by saying “If they had watched, they would have seen the logo of the film commission in the press kit. for the film, as well as in the credits at the end of the film. The film commission was also publicly thanked at the Wellington premiere. No secrets here. ”
TREATY screened nationwide as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival, and was well received with many sold-out screenings. The film follows Chris Huriwai as he travels Aotearoa in New Zealand in search of the truth about the dairy industry, and features interviews with leading contributors including Dr Jane Goodall and the environmentalist and former actress. Suzy Amis Cameron.
Dubbed “a powerful wake-up call that the world is being milked” by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron, TREATY is a hard-hitting global story told with a local eye, and also shows what New Zealand and other countries can do to change their destinies.
Louis Houlbrooke of NZTU says we all benefit from “the enormous contribution of dairy products to the New Zealand economy,” but this is called into question in the film, with the creators saying the cost of externalities is passed on to the rest. of us ; “Dirty rivers, damaged soils and climate change to name a few. Many dairy farmers are also struggling with huge debt – the industry’s total debt stands at $ 38 billion. And with the upcoming agricultural disruption (dairy protein made without the cows), we need the industry to be honest about the challenges ahead, and the government to help dairy farmers exit dairy production before it does. either too late. “
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