Eight 10 minute short films each written and directed by Māori women film makers.
Country of Origin: New Zealand Language Spoken: English and Māori Film Festival selections: New Zealand International Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival
Following the death of a child, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community. Short Synopsis: 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.
WARU VIGNETTES (in order of appearance) Charm: Queen of the kauta (kitchen), Charm learns to accept that she can’t change the world. Written & Directed by – Briar Grace-Smith Lead actress – Tanea Heke Anahera: A teacher struggles to keep face, hiding infidelities and guilt over Waru’s death. Written & Directed by – Casey Kaa Lead actress – Roimata Fox Mihi: A solo parent learns to listen to her children. Written & Directed by – Ainsley Gardiner Lead actress – Ngapaki Moetara Em: A young woman hits rock bottom and realises that the only way is up. Written & Directed by – Katie Wolfe Lead actress – Awhina-Rose Ashby Ranui: A kuia relinquishes Iwi pride in order that her mokopuna might find spiritual peace. Written & Directed by – Renae Maihi Lead actress – Kararaina Rangihau Kiritapu: A young wahine Māori reporter risks everything to set the story straight. Written & Directed by – Chelsea Cohen Lead actress – Maria Walker Mere: A teenage girl draws strength from her ancestors to expose her abuser. Written & Directed by – Paula Jones Lead actress – Acacia Hapi Titty & Bash: A woman risks life to break the cycle of violence. Written by – Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu Directed by – Awanui Simich-Pene Lead actresses – Miriama McDowell & Amber Curreen
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Directed by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene. Written by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula.
WARU is a film that is not to be missed!
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