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From eight Māori women directors come eight connected stories, each taking place at the same time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories (in Māori, waru means eight) are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community. The film, both groundbreaking and heartbreaking, is essential viewing. It is the first feature film directed by wāhine Māori since Merata Mita's Mauri in 1988.
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Waru opens in NZ cinemas on October 19. M Violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb.
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