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Second Nature Films presents YOGAWOMAN

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Following rave reviews and sell out screenings in New York, London, Munich and Melbourne, NZ film maker Kate Clere returns home for exclusive presentations of YOGAWOMAN in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin from April 12-19.Media Release: For Immediate Release

Kiwi Film Maker Returns Home with a Doco on the Global Phenomenom of Yoga

Second Nature Films presents YOGAWOMAN
Narrated by Annette Bening. Directed by Kate Clere McIntyre and Saraswati Clere.

Following rave reviews and sell out screenings in New York, London, Munich and Melbourne, NZ film maker Kate Clere returns home for exclusive presentations of YOGAWOMAN in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin from April 12-19.


Narrated by Academy award nominee Annette Bening, filmed in nine countries and featuring fifty of the world’s leading experts Yogawoman is the first film to capture the phenomenon of women’s roles in the explosion of yoga throughout the world.

Yogawoman explores a global shift that has changed the face of yoga forever and transformed the lives of millions of over-stimulated, overscheduled multitasking modern women. In personal interviews, women around the world reveal how yoga has helped them face conditions like breast cancer, infertility, anxiety and depression, given them strength to recover from abuse and eating disorders, and helped them through pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause.

Although an estimated 17 million women in North America practice yoga today, and have made it a multibillion-dollar industry, it was originally a rigid discipline taught and practiced primarily by men. Led by a new generation of dynamic female teachers, modern yoga has been adapted for a woman’s body and needs, and has evolved into a practice that supports activism on behalf of people and the planet.

Yogawoman also features Christchurch Yoga teacher Donna Farhi who has been practicing for 35 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world. Farhi says” I think Yoga is one of the most politically subversive practices that any person, male or female could do in our time”.

The film also introduces mainstream audiences to top teachers, many of whom have become worldwide icons with rock-star status in the yoga community, such as Patricia Walden, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon, Cyndi Lee, Elena Brower, plus forward-thinking medical professionals such as integrative physician Dr. Sara Gottfried and world-renowned research scientist Dr. Shirley Telles.

“Yoga started in acting school for me, now it serves me in my life,” said Bening, a longtime yoga advocate. “I think you need yoga more as you get older. As well as being just good exercise, you’re dealing with different body issues and the cycles of life.”

“Even though yoga first began thousands of years ago, it still fits seamlessly into modern life,” said filmmaker Kate Clere McIntyre, who produced, wrote and directed the film along with co-producers Michael McIntyre and Saraswati Clere. “Making this film, we met girls, mothers, grandmothers, CEOs, prison inmates, dying women, women living in dire poverty, and each one had found a way to make yoga work for them.”

Yogawoman was produced by Second Nature Films in Sydney. Kate and her partner Michael McIntyre founded the company in 1997 to celebrate the wonders of the natural environment and tell stories of people who are using their lives to make a difference.

“Yogawoman is a film every woman should see,” said Tabby Biddle, M.S. Ed., author of The Goddess Diaries. “The women of Yogawoman will inspire you, touch your heart, help you feel your own strength, and make you want to get on the mat. Go see this brilliant film!”

A Q&A session with the filmmakers follows each screening
Exclusive Premiere Screenings . One night only.

Yogawoman Auckland Premiere Screening
Thursday 12th April at 7PM
Academy Cinema
44 Lorne Street, Auckland Public Library behind the old St James

Yogawoman Wellington Premiere Screening
April Sunday 15th 7:30PM
Roxy Cinema
5 Park Road, Miramar

Yogawoman Christchurch Premiere Screening
Tuesday 17th April at 6:30PM
Hoyts Riccarton , Westfield Riccarton
Rotherham Street, Riccarton

Yogawoman Dunedin Premiere Screening
Thursday 19th April 6PM
Rialto Cinema
11 Moray Place, Dunedin

Yogawoman is also available now on DVD at

Advance tickets can be purchased online at Yogawoman.
Cash sales available at the door.
Book early as tickets sell out fast!


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