Directors Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones | 2017 | 86 minutes | Drama | New Zealand | English, Māori
Official Selection – TIFF 2017
Comprised of eight single-take vignettes by a group of female Maori directors, WARU documents the funeral of a young Maori boy and how his death affects members of his family and community. WARU is a complex reflection on tragedy, responsibility, and the intimate grain of a community united in the face of grief.
““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.”
““Urgent, heart-wrenching, challenging”
““The best New Zealand drama in years”
–Birth. Movies. Death.
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