Thursday 24th January 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Palmer Building
The terrible death of a young Maori boy, Waru, is told by eight female directors in a series of ambitious interconnected short films. Each director explores a different side of the community’s trauma: Waru’s teacher, trying to cope with the loss; his grandmothers, arguing over the fate of Waru’s body at the funeral service; and his aunt, preparing food for the mourners like it’s a military exercise. Waru is a stunning portrayal of how a child’s death can loom large over everything and everyone.
New Zealand 2017 – Maori and English with subtitles – Directed by Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa with Awahina Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Cureen – 86 min
Beautiful, bold, gorgeously well-made and utterly essential to any understanding of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today – STUFF
With its eight different female perspectives, “Waru” creates a wide, special scope of its central tragedy – ROGER EBERT