Play

00:00

/

00:00

Full screen
Video quality

Low 0 MB

High 0 MB

HD 0 MB

Captions
Volume
Volume

Waru Film (Trailer) – 2017 Drama Māori

Waru

Film (Trailer) – 2017 Drama Māori

M Mature
17227.wide.00.key.jpg
Title mask left comp
Title mask right comp
Start video player

For this 2017 feature film, eight Māori women each direct a 10 minute segment of events circling around the tangi of a child (Waru). Each director had a day and a single shot to capture their take on the context behind a tragedy. After its debut at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival, Waru won a rush of social media attention, and screened at the Toronto and imagineNATIVE festivals. The Hollywood Reporter praised it for bringing "a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery". Waru is produced by Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton.

In New Zealand we're told it's a Māori problem, and when a child is killed the mother is always vilified. We felt it was time to hear from Māori women about this issue.
– Producer Kerry Warkia on Waru, in an interview with Variety, 8 September 2017