Pacific Cinewaves Shorts

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Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A

The waves of the ocean have generously sustained many Pasifika cultures across the globe. From a contemporary reflection of ancestral connection and creativity, to a piece that celebrates a true story of a Hawaiian hero, these short films carry on the beloved practice of storytelling to the big screen. — Eseel Borlasa

Co-presented with Community Partners: Pacific Island Ethnic Art MuseumUCLA Asian American Studies Department

In this program


FANA’GUYAN

Directed by Dakota Camacho

A short dance film that explores ending violence and generating healing through embodiment, intimacy, and ancestral creativity.

HAWAIIAN SOUL

Directed by ʻĀina Paikai

A Hawaiian musician must gain the support of elders to protect the island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.

HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

Directed by Neil Tinkham

In the jungles of Guam, an overlooked boy tries to convince his skeptical friends to capture a mythological figure.

LONGING FOR HAWAIʻI

Directed by Katia Barricklow

In the face of colonial erasure, one family’s journey into the past reveals a hidden history about the lost Hawaiian Kingdom and its forgotten heroes.

MAHÅLANG

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown

A love letter to Guam through the lens of contemporary dance.

RIVER OF SMALL GODS

Directed by Bradley Tangonan

A Native Hawaiian woman is hired by a mysterious sculptor to retrieve lava stones from a sacred riverbed deep in the forests of Hawaiʻi.

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