WARU

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Directed by: Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Katie Wolfe 2017 | 86 min.

Section: Pacific Showcase

Premiere: United States Premiere


Synopsis

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Pacific Islanders in Communications

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 center of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. His tangi (funeral), set on a small rural marae, is the centerpiece 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.

The subject could hardly be heavier, but this is a hugely important film, putting a spotlight on the high rates of child abuse in Aotearoa. It’s a film everyone in the family should see and talk about.

— New Zealand Film Festival

 

Synopsis written by: New Zealand Film Festival

Screenings

Saturday, November 11 8:15 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed
Sunday, November 12 1:00 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Katie Wolfe
Producer Kiel McNaughton, Kerry Warkia
Cast Awahina Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Cureen, Roimata Fox, Acacia Hapi, Tanea Heke, Miriama McDowell, Ngapaki Moetara, Kararaina Rangihau, Maria Walker
Cinematographer Drew Sturge
Costume Designer Lindah Lepou
Writer Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Katie Wolfe
Music Lauren King
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