Directors Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones | 2017 | 86 minutes | Drama | English, Māori
Official Selection – TIFF 2017
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 eight.
“3/4 Stars! A powerful chorus of female Maori voices.”
The Globe and Mail
“Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Passion is a thrilling, guiding element to this film.”
“A powerful film, stunningly told.”
“The best New Zealand drama in years”
Birth. Movies. Death.
“Urgent, heart-wrenching, challenging”
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