WARU is a feature film made up of eight 10 minute short films, each written and directed by Māori women film makers.
Following the death of a child, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community.
Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means eight.
2017: NZIFF, Toronto International Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE, WINDA, Hawaii International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival 2018: Available Light Film Festival, Skábmagovat Film Festival Finland, Cinema Politica, Montreal, Te Kuki Airani Film Festival, Cook Islands. San Diego Asian Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Narrative Feature), Maoriland Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival , Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase, Santa Fe, Edinburgh Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival , Wairoa Maori Film Festival (Mana Wairoa Grand Prize for Advancement of Indigenous Rights), Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, Canada, Down Under Film Festival - Germany, WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, FEM&IST Film Festival, Melbourne, Aussie & Kiwi Film Festival, Prague, Dharamshala International Film Festival, India, Objectifs Centre Singapore - Women In Film Program, Reel Reservations, Canada, Asian Film Festival Barcelona, Spain, Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival , Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival - Femspectives 2019: Weengushk Film Festival Ontario, Canada, Berlin Feminist Week, Utah Pacific Island Film Series, Garifuna Intl Indigenous Film Festival, Venice CA, NZ Film Festival Russia (Moscow), Cannes Antipodes Film Festival
DCP, DCI Scope 2.39:1