201821sep6:15 pmWaruBriar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene | NZ | 2017 | Drama | 88 min | English, Māori | German Premiere6:15 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DramaPremiere Status:German
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018
Maoriland Film Festival 2018
Asia Pacific Film Festival 2018
Seattle International Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
New Zealand International Film Festival 2017
Grand Jury Award for an Outstanding International Narrative Feature at Asia Pacific Film Festival 2018
For this 2017 feature film, eight Māori women each direct a 10 minute segment of events circling around the tangi of a child (Waru). Each director had a day and a single shot to capture their take on the context behind a tragedy.
Ainsley Gardner produced the short films Two Cars, One Night and Tama Tu written and directed by Taika Waititi and his feature films, Eagle vs Shark in 2005 and BOY in 2009. She has also produced other features, including The Pā Boys with writer/director Himiona Grace and The Breaker Upperers written/directed by Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek.
Briar Grace-Smith is the writer of feature films The Strength of Water and Fresh Meat Film.
100% Rotten Tomatoes – 8.9/10
Following the death of a child at the hands of his caregiver, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, shame, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything
Following the death of a child at the hands of his caregiver, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, shame, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community…
“Waru is an incredible cinematic experience that will leave you wanting to hear many more stories from these eight women.” – The Matinee
“A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s contemporary Maori community.” – The Hollywood Reporter