When a City Falls
When a City Falls is Gerard Smyth's feature length documentary of the Christchurch earthquakes, and the stories of the community it devastated.
Filmed on the hoof without narration, When a City Falls offers a grass roots understanding of what happened to half a million New Zealanders the year their lives changed forever.
When a City Falls began as a project by Gerard Smyth to document the damage done to Christchurch by the September 2010 earthquake, and the subsequent recovery efforts in the months that followed. In February 2011 when the devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck, killing 185 people and demolishing the majority of the city, Smyth's project became an important documentation of a community turned upside down.