A festival of films from New Zealand will be playing at the country's Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa cinematheques from March 12-27. Although New Zealand may be best known in the film world as Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's home base and the location for that famous trilogy, it has produced a number of well-regarded contemporary films - and these are featured in this festival. Festival guests will include director Vincent Ward, who will present his documentary Rain of the Children, about a mentally ill Maori woman over a period of many years. Ward is best known for his feature film Map of the Human Heart. John Barnett, the producer of Whale Rider, the Oscar-nominated 2002 film set in New Zealand, will also attend with the 1999 film What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted, a sequel to the film Once Were Warriors, about violence and poverty in the Maori community.