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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

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’re pleased to be screening short film EMKHATSINI by Toa Stappard before the main feature. Find out more about our Shorts In The South initiative here.

This film is part of our Visionary Women season, a series of films celebrating Women’s History Month dedicated to showcasing womanhood from across the globe.


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