Big Screen Symposium

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Join us for a panel with the filmakers of WARU, as they each present a heartfelt address on what ‘risk’ means to them in relation to creating this new work.

In a powerful response to the total absence of feature films made by Māori women directors since Merata Mita, WARU is a ground-breaking 80-minute film made by eight Māori women directors.

The writer/directors are Ainsley GardinerBriar Grace-SmithChelsea WinstanleyKatie WolfePaula JonesRenae Maihi and Casey Kaa, with director Awanui Simich-Pene in collaboration with writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu.

Each episode is a self-contained vignette told in 10 minutes of real time, shot in a single take, and follow the lives of eight Māori women all connected by a single, heart-breaking event – the loss of a young child. Each episode follows one of eight lead characters during the same moment in time as they each experience feelings of love, sadness, togetherness, confusion and understanding.

See them at the follow session:

WARU: Breaking the silence – Sat 24th September, 11:00 am.