Waru

Waru
  • 2017
  • New Zealand
  • 1h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe
  • Cast: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
  • UK release: 9 November 2018

Portmanteau film consisting of eight ten-minute shorts conveying the impact on a Māori community of the death of a young boy. The directors are all Māori women directors and themes of child abuse, alcoholism and the pressure of motherhood are handled creatively and poignantly. Thought-provoking and emotional.

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Waru

5 Nov 20184 stars

Powerful portmanteau film about the death of a New Zealand child made by eight Māori women directors

There's something uniquely powerful about this portmanteau film made entirely by Māori women directors and starring Māori women in the lead roles. Eight ten-minute shorts are woven together as a continuous shot to convey the impact of the death of a…

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