Director: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene.
Genre : Drama
Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means 8.
Note from the producers “Our goal for Waru was to communicate the shared feelings we have towards child abuse in Aotearoa (New Zealand). We felt the best way to tell this story was from a female Māori perspective and from multiple viewpoints”.
Festivals and Awards
2017: NZIFF, Toronto International Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE, WINDA, Hawaii International Film Festival etc.
Thursday 8th Nov