8 x 10 minute sequences shot by eight individual female Māori filmmakers combine to form a narrative that weaves around the death of a young boy in a Māori community.
Eight female Māori directors worked together to produce this portmanteau film which offers a fascinating insight into Mā ori culture. The film comprises 8 x 10 minute segments, presented as a continuous shot in real time, unfolding around the funeral of a small boy who died at the hands of his caregiver.
Waru means 8 in Māori. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked, each following one of eight female Māori lead characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.
Charm, Queen of the Kitchen - Charm learns to accept that she can’t change the world.
Anahera - A teacher struggles to keep face, hiding infidelities and guilt over Waru’s death.
Mihi - A solo parent learns to listen to her children.
Em - A young woman hits rock bottom and realises that the only way is up.
Ranui - An elderly woman relinquishes community pride in order that her grandchild might find spiritual peace.
Kiritapu - A young Mā ori reporter risks everything to set the story straight.
Mere - A teenage girl draws strength from her ancestors to expose her abuser.
Titty & Bash - A woman risks life to break a cycle of violence.