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Year: 2017

Original Title: Waru

Length: 88 minutes

Genre: Drama


Suitable only for 15 years and over

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: November 09 2018

United States:


Ranking: 12,289 out of 14,737 movies (up 272)


7.2 by 1 media


'Waru' is a short cuts vilm which take place after the "tangi", the funeral of a child who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Eight female Maori directors worked together to produce this portmanteau film which offers a fascinating insight into Maori culture. The film comprises 8 x 10 minute segments, presented as a continuous shot in real time, unfolding around the funeral of a small boy who died at the hands of his caregiver. Waru means 8 in Maori. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked, each following one of eight female Maori lead characters (Anahera, Mihi, Em, Ranui, Kiritapu, Mere, Titty and Bash) as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. Charm, Queen of the Kitchen ? Charm learns to accept that she can?t change the world.