Section

Pacific Cinewaves

In our fortified commitment to amplify Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Pacific Cinewaves programming celebrates stories and storytellers emerging from Hawai’i, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guåhan (Guam), Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa, and throughout the Pacific region.

Documentary Features, Pacific Cinewaves

CANE FIRE

Film

CANE FIRE

Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon
FREE PROGRAM | An examination of the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi.
Pacific Cinewaves

HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA

Film

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

FANA’GUYAN

Film

FANA’GUYAN

Directed by Dakota Camacho
A short dance film that explores ending violence and generating healing through embodiment, intimacy, and ancestral creativity.
Pacific Cinewaves

FUJIN

Film

FUJIN

Directed by Rachel Makana'aloha O Kauikeolani Nakawatase
The filmmaker's great-grandmother and aunties get ready for a night out.
Pacific Cinewaves

HAWAIIAN SOUL

Film

HAWAIIAN SOUL

Directed by ʻĀina Paikai
A Hawaiian musician must gain the support of elders to protect the island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Film

I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi
A family in Hawai'i faces the imminent death of their eldest, as the ghosts of the past haunt…
Pacific Cinewaves

LONGING FOR HAWAIʻI

Film

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

MAHÅLANG

Film

MAHÅLANG

Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown
A love letter to Guam through the lens of contemporary dance.
Documentary Features, Pacific Cinewaves

OPHIR

Film

OPHIR

Directed by Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet
FREE PROGRAM | An extraordinary revolution leading up to the potential creation of the world’s newest nation in…
Pacific Cinewaves

RED HOUSE

Film

RED HOUSE

Directed by Gerard Elmore
When an addict sees someone struggling in the ocean, he is devastated to realize he’s incapable of saving…
Pacific Cinewaves

RIVER OF SMALL GODS

Film

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

STRANDED ON THE MAINLAND

Film

STRANDED ON THE MAINLAND

Directed by Alexis Si'i
After seeking medical help in America, a young woman and her father have no way back to American…
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

WATER LIKE FIRE

Film

WATER LIKE FIRE

Directed by Mitchel Viernes
FREE PROGRAM | A young surfer makes up for lost time with her estranged brother after he winds…