Waru

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: M

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Eight scenes, created by Māori women directors and each 10 minutes or so long, add up to a portrait of the events surrounding the tangi of a young child.

“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.” — Mihingarangi Forbes, Māori Issues Correspondent, RNZ/The Hui

"Waru needs no qualifiers. This film is beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential to any understanding or appreciation of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today." – Graeme Tuckett, Stuff

Celebrating Suffrage 125 with a month-long programme of films with a female-led focus.

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