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Waru

Ainsley Gardiner, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Casey Kaa, Paula Jones, Katie Wolfe

  • 15

  • 88 mins

  • 2017

  • New Zealand

  • English, Māori

Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Kararaina Rangihau, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Acacia Hapi, Maria Walker

  • Director of Photography: Drew Sturge

  • Editor: Rajneel Singh

  • Produced by: Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton

  • Music: Lauren King

  • Screenplay by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

  • Production Designer: Riria Lee

  • Sound Production: Mark Messenger

Director Bio

Ainsley Gardiner, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Casey Kaa, Paula Jones, Katie Wolfe

Director Bio

Waru is a feature film made up of eight 10-minute short films each written and directed by Māori women filmmakers, Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene. It is the first feature film made by Māori women in almost 30 years.

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Eight Māori women directors combine to present Waru, a film composed of eight unedited scenes (each around 10 minutes long) all set around the tangi – a traditional Māori funeral rite – for a boy named Waru (in Māori, waru means eight) who has died in terrible circumstances. Each story is told through a woman’s eyes, with the film showing multiple viewpoints. A powerful, beautiful, authentic, bold and often heart-wrenching film, hailed as one of the most important recent New Zealand films. 



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