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
With: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen.
Directed by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene