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Visionary Women: Waru

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dir. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene • 2017 • New Zealand • Drama • Cert 15 • 88 mins • Māori/English + subtitles

In celebration of Women’s History Month Screen25 is pleased to announce a season of film dedicated to sharing the stories, voices, struggles, and successes of women across the globe.

We bring you Screen25: Visionary Women, a series of screenings showcasing womanhood in all its glory on, and off, screen.

March’s Discovery film is a groundbreaking drama, directed by eight female Māori filmmakers. Waru (meaning eight in Māori) tells the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with the death of a child, as seen through eight separately directed vignettes.

Each vignette is a 10 minute short, shot in a single take, showing the perspective of various women in the community who are impacted by the child’s death.

Waru is a bold and authentic portrayal of child abuse, grief, guilt and redemption, as told through the inspiring and collaborative work of eight powerful female storytellers.

This is a Discovery film, a Screen25 recommended independent and arthouse title.

We will also be screening short film EMKHATSINI by Toa Stappard before the main feature.


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You’ll like Waru if you liked:

Earlier Event: 27 February
Odyssey Film Club: Wajib
Later Event: 9 March
They Shall Not Grow Old