Waikanae’s Shoreline Cinema manages to present a good range of non-Hollywood movies, some of which don’t make it onto cinema screens in Wellington.

The mention of participation in democracy in the previous post is appropriate to the theme of this one screening at present: The Divine Order (Die gottische Ordnung) set in a conservative Swiss small town.

Women’s enfranchisement happened in NZ in 1893; in Britain it was 1918, but in Switzerland, surprisingly, it wasn’t until 1971, with federal referendum number 244.  At the canton level, the last canton where it happened was Appenzell Innerrhoden in 1990(!)

The characters are fictional, but the attitudes and situations in a patriarchal society are undoubtedly real.  It presents a mix of pathos and humour; and a rare Swiss movie to make it to big screens here.