Waru has been named to open the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of indigenous screen content.
The anthology feature was made by Māori women filmmakers, writer/directors Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen and Paula Jones, director Awanui Simich-Pene and writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu.
The film had its world premiere at the recent New Zealand International Film Festival and will soon have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“We are incredibly proud to be opening this important film festival and are excited to see how our film will resonate with indigenous audiences worldwide,” said producer Kerry Warkia.
Waru was made with investment from Te Māngai Pāho, NZ On Air, Māori Television and the New Zealand Film Commission, and will be released in New Zealand by Vendetta Films.
ImagineNative also announced its closing title, Marie Clements’ The Road Forward, a musical doco about First Nations rights in Canada.
The imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival runs 18-22 October.