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In a time where cultures are readily available and shared across media, this is the moment to protect and preserve stories and experiences. Join a conversation reflecting how filmmaking is utilized to preserve cultural traditions and stories in Oceania, in addition to how communities engage against movements of cultural appropriation/appreciation in the guise of diversity and inclusion. Featured guests included fillmmakers Katia Kalei Barricklow, Neil Tinkham, and Mariquita Micki Davis. Moderated by Kiki Rivera
Kiki Rivera (Moderator) was born and raised in Lualualei, Oahu, Hawaii, and plays within the intersections of culture and arts of Oceania, theatre, activism, education, poetry, and playwriting. They are passionate about capacity building for all indigenous artists and nurturing the growth of future Pasifika creators. They hold a BA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) and is also a member of the 2018 ArtEquity cohort. Original plays include Faʻalavelave: The Interruption. Published plays include “Puzzy” (featuring award-winning New Zealand Playwright Victor Rodger) found in the anthology Samoan Queer Lives, “To Our Black and Brown Babies of Ocean and Islands” in the anthology We’re Not Neutral, and “Kumu Kukui” in Lighting the Way: An Anthology of Short Plays About The Climate Crises. Kiki currently works as a Storyteller with Empowering Pacific Island Communities (EPIC).
Katia Kalei Barricklow is an internationally recognized native Hawaiian filmmaker who has directed, written and produced two short documentaries. The filmmaker believes that it is her kuleana (responsibility) to pass on the stories of her culture through her art. Katia is passionate about using film as a medium to tell meaningful stories about social justice issues, diverse cultures and forgotten histories.
Neil Tinkham is originally from the Pacific island of Guam, and attended the Colorado Film School. After returning to Guam, he established a production company and produced media campaigns for local organizations. In 2015, Neil completed his first feature-length screenplay, JUNGLE, which was optioned by New Zealand-based production company, Popgun Filmmakers. His award-winning short movies have played at various film festivals, with HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA and TA HASSO I MANAINA receiving funding through the Pacific Islanders in Communications. Neil currently lives in Los Angeles.
Mariquita Micki Davis is a Chamorro video artist based in Los Angeles. She produces videos, books, performances and sculptures as part of installations within the gallery and beyond, experimenting with and expanding the notion of artistic collaboration. She has recently presented her work at the inaugural Honolulu Biennial and had the honor of representing Guam for the Festival of the Pacific Arts.