PACIFIC CINEWAVES SHORTS

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

Through various frames and points of view, we are brought closer to encountering an ancient Pacific past. Once again Pacific Cinewaves pushes the importance of ʻāina, ancestry and belonging, challenging the ways that Pacific people have been imagined throughout history. In these films 7 filmmakers become modern-day navigators using their hands and creative vision to steer each story.

In this program


THE FUTURE BEHIND US

Directed by Melodie Turori

An exploration of Oceanic indigeneity and relationality through practices of ancestral listening.

PILI KA MOʻO

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong

A Native Hawaiian taro farming family is drawn into a logistically and emotionally complex quest to preserve their ancestral land.

LAST HAWAIIAN SUGAR

Directed by Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt

12-year-old Nua makes peace with the land she lives on when she learns the sugar plantation she calls home will be closed forever.

MY DOG HAS FLEAS

Directed by Justin Pascua

Upon her arrival from the mainland to her birthplace, a half Hawaiian young woman is frowned upon by her family for not being Hawaiian enough.

ALA MOANA BOYS

Directed by Keliʻi Grace

In 1930s Hawaii, five local boys accused of raping a young white woman are freed after the jury deadlocks and a mistrial is declared. The friends attempt to return to life as normal, but they face a new threat: violence at the hands of prejudiced vigilantes.

TAPA: THE CLOTH THAT BINDS US

Directed by Nancy Thompson

An artistic look at one of the South Pacific Islands’ age old traditional practices of creating tapa cloth, through culture and fashion.

KA HOʻI – THE RETURN

Directed by Mitchel Merrick

An aging Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past and fear of being forgotten.

Dates & Times
Past
Directors Guild of America

Sat, May 7
4:00 pm

Directors Guild of America

Sun, May 8
12:00 pm