A breath-taking Māori film from New Zealand, showing as part of "Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival"

Showing Times

Eight female Māori directors have worked together to produce this portmanteau film which sheds fascinating insight into Māori culture. Each produced a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the funeral of a small boy who died at the hands of his caregiver.  (Waru means 8 in Māori.)  The vignettes are all subtly interlinked, and each follows one of eight female Māori lead characters 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.
Anahera - A teacher struggles to keep face, hiding infidelities and guilt over Waru’s death.
Mihi - A solo parent learns to listen to her children.
Em - A young woman hits rock bottom and realises that the only way is up.
Ranui - A kuia relinquishes Iwi pride in order that her mokopuna might find spiritual peace.
Kiritapu - A young wahine Māori reporter risks everything to set the story straight.
Mere - A teenage girl draws strength from her ancestors to expose her abuser.
Titty & Bash - A woman risks life to break the cycle of violence.

This screening will be followed with a Q&A with Aperture Festival Co-Director, Sonali Joshi, and So Mayer.  So Mayer is the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, and has written about Indigenous women's and Two-Spirit filmmaking and writes for publications including Alphaville, Poetry Review, Literal and Sight & Sound.

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Aperture:  Asia & Pacific Film Festival is a new UK-wide film festival devoted to screening some of the boldest, most daring, challenging, and striking films from the Asian and Pacific regions, with a focus on under represented cinemas - from Azerbaijan to Vanuatu, and everything inbetween! 


This female-led film provides us with an excellent opportunity to announce that the Lexi is now a member of the F-Rating. The F-Rating is applied to films by cinemas and film festivals giving moviegoers an easily identifiable label so they can choose films that fairly represent women on screen and behind the camera. Highlighting these films sends a clear message to distributors, producers and funders that women can and should have more than just a supporting role within the industry


Film Information

88 mins

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