• 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 15 m 57 s

A pregnant woman must fight for her life when she inadvertently becomes a victim of a violent initiation.

Rū is an abbreviation of the name Rūaumoko, given to the unborn child of Rangi and Papa (sky father and earth mother of creation) Rū is also the word meaning Rumble, Quiver and Shake.

Screening Information
Impact Shorts

10:00 AM
Saturday 26 September 2020
Māoriland Hub

18 +


  • Language English
  • Indigenous Nation Ngā puhi, Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Awanui Simich-Pene
  • Producers Awanui Simich-Pene, Lindsay Gough
  • Director Bio Of Māori, Croatian and Belgian descent, Awanui Simich-Pene grew up in the far north. In 2003 her studies in Māori and sociology at Auckland University were swapped for a Unitec degree in writing and directing. Experience in front of the camera (including as the scheming Rima on reality parody Living the Dream) and behind it (as a script supervisor) led to directing gigs on a run of shows: from Riwia Brown-penned domestic drama Irirangi Bay, to bilingual kids show Pūkana and comedy Find Me a Māori Bride. In 2017 Simich-Pene was a director on anthology feature Waru (2017), as one of eight Māori wahine filmmakers.