Hunar Symposia Presents A One-Off Screening Of ‘Waru’ To Raise Funds For Marginalised Voices In The Arts Sector

Hunar Symposia, a volunteer-led and run collaboration of artists and academics, will be hosting a one-off fundraiser screening of ‘Waru’. Sales from tickets will go towards the organisation’s important work of amplifying the voices of marginalised people through the arts. 

The movie night will take place on Tuesday, July 19 from 6pm at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, and is a private screening that will not be shown again. Complimentary drinks will be provided by Hawkes Brewing Co. and the night will end with a live Q&A session with the film’s award-winning producers, Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton.

The film tells the moving story of the death of a child, and eight Māori women who are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat, but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community. 

Eight female Māori directors have 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 Māori 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 Māori, waru means 8.

Nida Sahra, Chair of the Hunar Communications Committee, said, “We’re committed to drawing attention to, sparking discussions about, and introducing new ways to learn from the ongoing global challenges faced by the millions of people displaced by conflict, and the countries that are trying to help them. 

“As we prepare for our inaugural conference and exhibition, Art/Conflict, in November, we are always looking for ways to support our work and the powerful artists telling the stories of our most marginalised communities. Our upcoming movie night is a must-see for anyone interested in hearing from Indigenous artists creating work in post-colonial countries, wanting to support amazing film creators and talent, or quite honestly, anyone just looking for a great night out.” 

About the event: 

  • Time and date: Tue 19th Jul 2022, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
  • Location: 

Dendy Cinemas Newtown

261-263 King St, Newtown

  • Schedule: 

6.00pm – Arrival (grab your free drink, courtesy of Hawkes Brewing Co.)

6.20pm – Screening begins

7.50pm – Screening ends, 10-minute break

8.00pm – Q&A with audience questions

8.30pm – Evening concludes

About Hunar Symposia

Hunar Symposia is a volunteer-led and run collaboration of artists and academics. Sales from tickets will help Hunar continue the important work of amplifying marginalized voices through the arts. Hunar Symposia is sponsored by the NSW Government and City of Sydney, and backed by the University of Technology Sydney.

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