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    Waru

    Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
    New Zealand | 86 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Waru

    Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
    New Zealand | 86 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    Waru

    Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
    New Zealand | 86 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    Waru

    Directed by Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
    New Zealand | 86 minutes | World Cinema Now

A striking, emotional, omnibus production, Waru is a groundbreaking collaboration among eight directors, all Maori women, each contributing a 10-minute piece of the story of one morning in a New Zealand town unified by the loss of a young boy.

Schedule

January 11, 2018 8:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

A striking, emotional, omnibus production, Waru is a groundbreaking collaboration among eight directors, all Maori women. Each filmmaker contributed a 10-minute piece set in the same New Zealand town, with the stories taking place simultaneously. The unifying event is the funeral of a young boy, whose untimely death signifies something different to everyone it affects. From the daycare teacher who must explain a student’s absence to the rest of her class, to the television reporter expected to represent the public face of the Maori community, each chapter takes on a new character’s point of view. Outstanding performances plunge the viewer into individual lives and experiences.

Formally innovative to a larger purpose, Waru penetrates to the heart of the immediate situation and illuminates larger questions of responsibility, tradition, society and racism. The jigsaw pieces open a dialogue on the universal nature of the issues raised, with all vignettes visually unified by Drew Sturge’s sweeping, immersive cinematography.

film details

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2017
Running Time: 86 minutes
Language: English and Maori
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones
Producers: Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton
Principal Cast: Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Maria Walker, Acacia Hapi
Cinematographers: Drew Sturge
Editor: Craig Parkes
Music: Lauren King
Screenwriter: Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Cohen, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones

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