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A powerful and challenging story surrounding the tangi (funeral) of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the community.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Awahina Rose Ashby Awahina Rose Ashby ... Em
Jonny Brugh ... Mike
Amber Cureen Amber Cureen ... Titty
Roimata Fox Roimata Fox ... Anahera
Acacia Hapi Acacia Hapi ... Mere
Wayne Hapi
Tanea Heke Tanea Heke ... Charm
Tomai Ihaia ... Jude
Sophia Johnson ... La
Ashley Jones ... Joe - Floor Manager
Rob Kipa-Williams ... Jarrod
Merehaka Maaka Merehaka Maaka ... Hinga
Sienna MacKinlay ... Ebony
Miriama McDowell ... Bash
Ngapaki Moetara Ngapaki Moetara ... Mihi
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A powerful and challenging story surrounding the tangi (funeral) of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the community.

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New Zealand

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English | Maori

Release Date:

19 October 2017 (New Zealand) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand

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NZD 215,000 (estimated)
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"Waru" is the Maori word for "eight". See more »

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5 November 2017 | by campbellp66See all my reviews

Waru has been lauded as a great New Zealand film, but that's an oversimplification and you need to be prepared for the practicalities. It is eight connected short films, with different writers, directors and performers in each. That has the inevitable consequence of producing eight very different pieces, some of which are superb.

I went into Waru knowing what the central event was, so expected it to be tough to watch and it was, though, at times, that was more about the variation in quality on the screen than the topic. It is important to provide opportunities to make films, how else will people learn? What's unusual here is that we see intelligent, beautifully crafted work alongside writing and or performances that were genuinely disappointing. The contrast between some shorts was jarring.

Should you go and see Waru? Absolutely, yes. Will you have to forgive it periods of awful cliché and direct exposition in the mouths of characters? Yes. Does it redeem itself with simplicity, complexity, honesty, courage, power and leave you with a haunting personal challenge? Yes.


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