Director: Briar Grace-Smith, Katie Wolfe, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene
Cast: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Acacia Hapi, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse, in a sequence of eight short films which seamlessly become one. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver.
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 which ensue upon the killing of a child and the conflict created among loved ones.
★★★★★ "This film is beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential" (Dominion Post)
★★★★★ "A remarkable New Zealand film of the highest quality and most-profound impact" (Sunday Star Times)
Runtime: 86 mins