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

Showing Times

Fri 06 Jul 18:30

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.

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 screening will be introduced by Festival curator, Sonali Joshi.


Film Information

88 mins

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