By Carolyn Moreau
My hometown – Christchurch, NZ – has endured more than 10,000 earthquakes since September, 2010. Earlier this year, I packed my video gear and went back to see what has become of the city I grew up in. I had to get special permission from the authorities to tour the devastated downtown area and toured it in the back of a pickup truck. Once inside this closed-off zone, I hardly recognized what should have been familiar streets. Thousands of residents, including some of my closest friends from childhood, are packing up and leaving the city. In many cases, they are giving up on New Zealand altogether.
But despite the heartbreak of seeing beloved old buildings collapsed or torn down, and friends give up on the city where they had spent their entire lives, I got the sense that Christchurch will rebuild itself into something extraordinary. My 22-minute documentary “The Resurrection of Christchurch” screens Tuesday night on HDnet WorldReport.
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