We Came Here For Freedom is the story of the Wellington occupation from within.
Part 1 of this beautifully made, poignant documentary has now been released.
On February 6, 2022, an unprecedented event began taking place in New Zealand. Inspired by the Canadian truckers’ Freedom Convoy, New Zealanders from all walks of life began a historic convoy of their own. Starting from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, and from Bluff at the bottom of the South Island, the convoy headed to Wellington, gathering along the way tens of thousands of New Zealanders across the length of the country.
It was the biggest outpouring of spontaneous community spirit ever seen in New Zealand’s history, as suddenly the great myth that those who questioned the government’s actions during the covid era were a fringe minority. Instead, thousands of cars formed a line of flashing hazard lights that literally went the length of the country past tens of thousands of cheering New Zealanders.
It was a spectacular display of people power.
We Came Here For Freedom is a story that most New Zealanders have simply not heard because both the New Zealand government and media refuse to acknowledge the stories of their own citizens.
‘We do not expect every New Zealander to agree with this film, but we do expect that every New Zealander should be given a voice, by right,’
This is the story that the government and the media of New Zealand has fought to suppress.
It is the story that tells of the protestors at parliament in February 2022, not as “a river of filth”, (as described by MP Michael Wood in NZ Parliament) but as New Zealanders worthy of a voice.
Writer and Director Alistair Harding has put together this film through his own experience, and along with the storytellers in this film truly and emotionally puts you inside what it felt like to be part of the biggest nationwide protest in New Zealand.
Unlike every other protest in New Zealand’s history at the core of the issues that caused the Freedom Convoy and the Freedom Village, were the New Zealand people hurt by the draconian government policies surrounding medical mandates and restrictions on freedom. Among the people who gathered on the lawns and streets surrounding parliament were people who had lost jobs, businesses, livelihoods, and health.
Visit the documentary website for more information on the documentary, including Part 2, which is currently in production.