New Zealand


Director: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene.
Year: 2017
Duration: 86′
Language: VOSE
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.

Director’s Biography

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.


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