Pacific Cinewaves

Filmmakers in attendance.

The forces that bond the expansive cultures of Oceania are stories of strength, ingenuity and resilience. This program features films from Hawaii, Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, bringing us from the end of the 19th century and into the contemporary with stories that range from personal trials to revolutionary acts of poetics and survival. – Micki Davis

Co-presented with Community Partners: Pacific American Community Cultural Center

In this program


DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKĪKĪ

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

A janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a memory that stirs awake a voice within.

HAE HAWAIʻI

Directed by Ty Sanga

In the aftermath of Hawaiʻi’s illegal overthrow, a secret group enlists a young thief to steal the Hawaiian flag on annexation day.

LAST TAXI DANCE

Directed by Brayden Yoder

In 1940s Honolulu, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream.

MAUKA TO MAKAI

Directed by Alika Maikau, Jonah Okano

Set in Kāneʻohe on the island of Oahu, two cousins grapple with their own internal struggles while trying to sell drugs to make a living.

THE BAY

Directed by Neil Tinkham

As his new life starts to fall apart, an isolated man must reconnect with his past in order to preserve his future.

THE PIT WHERE WE WERE BORN

Directed by Alexander Bocchieri

A father and son reunite around the family ‘imu of their Wai’anae farm.

WE DRANK OUR TEARS: RAFAEL MAFNAS’S STORY

Directed by Angelo Manese, Justin Ocampo

The final battles of WWII were waged on Saipan and Tinian. 933 indigenous civilians did not survive. This is one of their stories.

Dates & Times
Past