At TIFF: New Zealand’s Maori Women Directors talk WARU — Gill Pringle reports

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waru posterTold from the viewpoint of nine female filmmakers, Waru is the first feature film from New Zealand to be made by Maori women since Mereta Mita’s Mauri almost 30 years ago. Eight female Maori directors each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follows one of eight female Maori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Maori, waru means 8. Continue reading Gill Pringle’s exclusive report from TIFF on THE FEMALE GAZE

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Gill Pringle

Gill Pringle began her career as a news reporter on Britain's famed Fleet Street, planning on changing the world, exposing injustice and covering war zones. Instead she became the editor of The Sun's legendary Bizarre column and, later, The Mirror's White Hot Club, travelling the world with Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna. A growing passion for film prompted a move to Los Angeles 20 years ago where she interviews actors and filmmakers for leading broadsheet and magazine titles in the UK and Australia. Gill's outlets include The Independent, the i, Sunday Times, Woman, S Express Magazine, Saga, and The Herald in the UK, and Filmink, Stack, The West Australian, news.com.au, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Stellar, Total Girl, K-Zone, Primolife and Yours in Australia.