“I was moved to tears…Waru is a triumph of writing, storytelling, performance and direction.”- STUFF.CO.NZ
A sisterhood of eight Maori female directors bravely share their insights into child abuse. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. It shows how his death and trauma impacts the community, culminating in the preparations for his tangi (funeral). The stories follow different women as they are confronted by guilt, shame, pride and defeat. This is the first feature-length production written and directed by Māori women in thirty years. A beautifully told, profoundly heart wrenching film.
This is a free event, please rsvp as places are limited.
Join us for this year’s 2019 DesFest, celebrating the vibrant community, arts and culture of Central Australia. Head to desfest.com for more information.
Desert Festival takes place on the land of the Central Arrernte people. We wish to pay our respects to the traditional owners of this Country and to their ancestors. As the Festival welcomes contemporary artists and art from around the world, we also celebrate the continuing culture of the Arrernte nation.
Proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and the Department of Tourism and Culture.
Many thanks to our supporters; the Northern Territory Government, Arts NT, Alice Springs Town Council, 8CCC Community Radio, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation Sydney, Central Australian Art Society Inc., The Centralian Advocate, Totem Theatre, Casuarina Senior College Theatrette, Monte’s Lounge, Epilogue Lounge, Flynn Memorial Uniting Church Lawns, The Anglican Church, The Gap View Hotel, The Alice Springs Cinema, Tourism NT, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, CAAMA, Red Centre Technology Partners, AS Print and TJ Signs.