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Breaking the Silence - The Writers and Directors of WARU

Breaking the Silence - The Writers and Directors of WARU

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, that follows the lives of eight women all connected by a single, heart-breaking event.

Each episode is a self-contained 10 minute vignette, told in real time, and shot in a single take. Each one follows a different lead character during the same moment in time. The project was instigated by producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton of Brown Sugar Apple Grunt, and the whole film was shot over eight days.

Join the writers and directors Katie Wolfe, Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Chelsea Winstanley, Paula W. Jones, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene and Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu – as they each in turn present a short address on what risk means to them in the context of this new collaboration – still in progress.

Session: Sat 24 Sept, 11am, Big Screen Symposium 2016, Auckland, NZ.


Elizabeth Boutet

I was lucky to attend this awesome movie in Auckland on Sunday - it was powerful, moving and so true...thank you wahine toa you did it!!!

CJ Lee
CJ Lee

It's my biggest regret not to choose to attend this segment. These beautiful powerful women really spoke so many raw truths. So much love.