Women in Film 2018 | Waru



Dir. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene | 88 min | 2017 | M18

How do we grieve the death of a child, as individuals and as a community? How do we find a way to move forward? Waru presents eight Maori female perspectives on the complexity of child abuse. Unfolding around the funeral of a small boy who died at the hands of his caregiver, the subtly interlinked vignettes, each set in the same moment in time and each filmed in a continuous shot, follow one of eight female Maori lead characters as they come to terms with the tragedy. Waru is an ambitious and important anthology film not only tackling the tragedy of child abuse but also highlighting women’s varied roles in society, and indigenous perspectives.

· Screened – New Zealand International Film Festival 2017

· Screened – Toronto International Film Festival 2017


Post-Screening Discussion with Balli Kaur Jaswal and Alfian Sa'at

Balli Kaur Jaswal
Balli Kaur Jaswal's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar and Best Australian Short Stories. Jaswal was the recipient of the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist Award for her debut novel Inheritance. Her second novel Sugarbread was shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia and Nanyang Technological University. Her internationally acclaimed novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, was a Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick, with film rights acquired by director Ridley Scott.

Alfian Sa'at
Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE. His published works include three collections of poetry, ‘One Fierce Hour’, ‘A History of Amnesia’ and ‘The Invisible Manuscript’, a collection of short stories, ‘Corridor’, a collection of flash fiction, ‘Malay Sketches’, two collections of plays as well as the published play ‘Cooling Off Day’.

Alfian has been nominated 10 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for ‘Landmarks’, in 2010 for ‘Nadirah’, in 2013 for 'Kakak Kau Punya Laki' (Your Sister's Husband) and in 2016 for ‘Hotel’ (with Marcia Vanderstraaten).

In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for 'Corridor' (1999, Commendation Prize), ‘A History of Amnesia’ (2004) and his translation of the novel ‘The Widower’ (2016).



Get the Women in Film 2018 Season Pass to attend all four film screenings from 10 to 13 Oct at only $25! Standard tickets are $8 per screening.

Please note that tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.


About Women in Film & Photography 2018

Women in Film and Photography is Objectifs' annual programme celebrating extraordinary and groundbreaking works by women filmmakers and photographers, highlighting the important contributions that women make to the arts.

With the backdrop of collective moments like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining momentum in the past year, the fourth edition of Objectifs' Women in Film and Photography takes on the theme of COLLECTIVE POWER. We turn our spotlight to filmmakers and photographers who seek to empower and effect change within and across communities through their work.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/wifp2018


Header image: Waru by Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Ranae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene
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