A groundbreaking production from eight female Māori filmmakers, Waru is the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with a bitter tragedy - the death of a small boy, Waru, at the hands of his caregiver. A special screening for International Women’s Day.
Eight ten-minute segments, each shot in a single take, set at exactly the same time and with a female lead, focus on the impact of Waru’s death in different corners of the community. The films combine to tell a bold and inspirational story of grief, guilt, addiction, bravery and redemption.
Charm, Queen of the Kitchen
Charm learns to accept that she can’t change the world.
A teacher struggles to keep face, hiding infidelities and guilt over Waru’s death.
A solo parent learns to listen to her children.
A young woman hits rock bottom and realises that the only way is up.
An elderly woman relinquishes community pride in order that her grandchild might find spiritual peace.
A young Māori reporter risks everything to set the story straight.
A teenage girl draws strength from her ancestors to expose her abuser.
Titty & Bash
A woman risks life to break a cycle of violence.
In this astonishingly personal film, Richard Billingham delves into his Black Country upbringing to recreate visceral family memories and desperate living in Thatcher’s Britain.