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Waru

New Zealand, 2017, 86mins, Cert.15

Film description

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.

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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.

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