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Pacific Cinewaves

From Samoa, to New Zealand, to Hawaii, these pieces are cinematic love letters to the living culture of the Pacific.

Pacific Cinewaves

HINEKURA

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HINEKURA

Directed by Becs Arahanga
The story of one young woman’s rite of passage as she steps into her destiny.
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HOʻI KA ʻŌLELO: THE REVITALIZATION OF HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

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HOʻI KA ʻŌLELO: THE REVITALIZATION OF HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Directed by Liʻua Tengan
After the ban of the Hawaiian language in schools, Hawaiians fought hard to ensure that the language was…
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KĀLEWA

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KĀLEWA

Directed by Mitchel Viernes
In the future, a Hawaiian astronaut makes the next great leap for his planet, his family, and himself.…
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KAMAʻĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)

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KAMAʻĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee
A queer teenager navigates life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Puʻuhonua…
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KAPAEMAHU

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KAPAEMAHU

Directed by Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson
The hidden history of four healing stones on Waikiki Beach, and the mysterious spirits within them.
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LILIU

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LILIU

Directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti
An ambitious court interpreter risks everything when a wrongfully imprisoned Chief fights to get back to her stranded…
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MOLOKAʻI BOUND

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MOLOKAʻI BOUND

Directed by Alika Maikau
A wayward Hawaiian man freshly released from prison struggles to reunite with his son and heritage.
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MOʻO!

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MOʻO!

Directed by Anela Ling
A short film about grief, and the steps we take to bury the things that haunt us.
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STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

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STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee
Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.
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TĀ MOKO – BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE

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TĀ MOKO – BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE

Directed by David Atkinson, Mick Andrews
Maori face tattooing is a tradition that almost died out through colonization. Bernard and Sapphire show their passion…
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THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

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THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

Directed by Erin Lau
Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet…
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THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

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THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

Directed by Ciara Lacy
Native Hawaiian poet Jamaica Osorio shows how her activism reinvigorates her art.
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TOAʻIPUAPUAGĀ STRENGTH IN SUFFERING

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TOAʻIPUAPUAGĀ STRENGTH IN SUFFERING

Directed by Vea Mafile'o
A young woman stricken with bleeding stigmata must face both adoration and condemnation from her deeply religious island…