About This Project


Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Wheeler Opera House
320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611


The first feature film made by Maori women in 30 years, ‘Waru’ is an omnibus film created under unusual parameters. Producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton challenged eight different directors to each make a ten minute short film, thematically linked to the same event: the death of a young boy (named Waru, which means ‘eight’ in Maori) at the hands of his caregiver. Each film was to be captured in one long shot, ten minutes long, and featuring a Maori woman as the lead character. The result is a film that is formally unique, narratively compelling, and emotionally explosive.  Each story poses questions around responsibility, shame and guilt, but the stories do not dwell only in these dark places. From the schoolroom to the community kitchen, humour, warmth and pride provide textured insight into the Maori community.  ‘Waru’ is not only unconventional filmmaking, it is a moving tribute to the female eye. (New Zealand, 2017)


Directors  Alf Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene

Written by Jones, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

With Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Kararaina Rangihau, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Acacia Hapi, Maria Walker, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Amber Curreen


Run Time: 1 hr 26 min.