New Zealand International Film Festival

Waru

2 SCREENINGS

2 AUG - 6 AUG 2017 — Drama, Aotearoa

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Duration

88 minutes

Restrictions

TBC

New Zealand 2017

A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse, in a sequence of eight short films that seamlessly become one. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. His tangi, set on a small rural marae, is the centrepiece of the film, but there is an underlying disturbance of heavy themes touching on culture, custom and shame.

We see a single death through the differing lenses of the extended family, community, and in one sharp sequence, national media too. Waru weaves multiple reactions and offers a glimpse into the events that ensue upon the killing of a child and the conflict created among loved ones.

As Waru’s grandmothers, Kararaina Rangihau and Merehake Maaka deliver electrifying performances, demonstrating their skill in the art of karanga. As their wailing and laments call on their ancestors to safely take their mokopuna, a challenge for his body unfolds.

Māori humour isn’t absent, and neither are the subtexts within the banter, leaving me to wonder if our ability to laugh in times of sorrow is a cloak to mask our pain. Antonio Te Maioha and Miriama McDowell are powerful in challenging roles, which left me questioning if I would have the same courage to intervene.

The subject could hardly be heavier, but this is a hugely important film. Unless we are willing to be tested, we have no chance of reducing our shameful child abuse rate here in Aotearoa. It’s a film everyone in the family should see and talk about. — Mihingarangi Forbes, Māori Issues Correspondent, RNZ/The Hui

Credit

Briar Grace-Smith

Director/Screenplay

Casey Kaa

Director/Screenplay

Ainsley Gardiner

Director/Screenplay

Katie Wolfe

Director/Screenplay

Chelsea Cohen

Director/Screenplay

Renae Maihi

Director/Screenplay

Paula Jones

Director/Screenplay

Awanui Simich-Pene

Director/Screenplay

Kerry Warkia

Producer/Screenplay

Kiel McNaughton

Producer/Screenplay

Drew Sturge

Photography

With

Tanea Heke

Roimata Fox

Ngapaki Moetara

Awhina-Rose Ashby

Maria Walker

Kararaina Rangihau

Acacia Hapi

Antonio Te Maioha

Miriama McDowell

Amber Curreen

Merehake Maaka

Tickets.

Price Range - Booking fees may apply $11.30 - $17.30