Jacinda Ardern Film Causes Backlash In New Zealand, Accusations of “White Saviorism”

Jacinda Ardern Film Causes Backlash In New Zealand, Accusations of “White Saviorism”

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (2nd R) walks with Gamal Fouda (L), the Imam of the Al Noor mosque, as she arrives at the mosque to unveil a plaque in memory of the victims killed in the 2019 twin mosque shootings, in Christchurch. Plans for a film on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings have been met with criticism in the country and accusations of “white saviorism.” On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that FilmNation Entertainment is bringing They Are Us to the Cannes Virtual Market later this month. The film, written and directed by Kiwi filmmaker Andrew Niccol, is set to star Rose Byrne as Ardern and takes place in March 2019, in the days after a deadly terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch by a white supremacist in which 51 people were murdered. They Are Us is being billed as an “inspirational story” that follows Ardern as she helped rally the government and citizens behind her message of compassion and unity and ban assault rifles in New Zealand. The …
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