Occurs on Monday February 5 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 28 minutes


Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage
300 College Drive
Whitehorse YT Y1A 5X9

Performance Notes

× Made up of eight short films, each directed by a different filmmaker, Waru is a formally unique and narratively ambitious endeavour. Each of these stories, presented as a continuous shot in real time, is an approach to the same traumatic event: the death of a young boy, Waru, at the hands of his caregiver. Using as its departure point the tangi (funeral) of the small boy, the film takes the perspectives of eight different women, all of whom are connected in varying degrees to Waru’s family and community. Each vignette has a remarkable feeling of immediacy; taken together, the films affect like a thunderclap. A Pandora’s box of difficult questions — around responsibility, guilt, shame, and poverty — is opened. These stories do not only dwell in the dark moments, however. From the schoolroom to the community kitchen to a television studio, humour, warmth, pride and courage provide textured insight into a complex society. The first feature film made by Maori women in almost 30 years, and shot in only eight days (one day per short), Waru is not only an unconventional achievement in filmmaking, it is a remarkable tribute to the female eye, in particular, those of eight extraordinary Maori: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene. 86 minutes. In English and Maori with English subtitles. Introduction by ALFF 2018 guest curator, Jesse Wente.

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