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A TALE OF TWO SISTERS

Film A TALE OF TWO SISTERS Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode Blending narrative and movement based storytelling, two sisters overcome tension in their relationship; inspired by the mo‘olelo of…
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AS THE WATER DARKENS

Film AS THE WATER DARKENS Directed by Tiare Ribeaux While navigating between survival and her connection to the land, a weaver experiences a transformation when she finds…
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BUTTERFLY/BATAPLAI

Film BUTTERFLY/BATAPLAI Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth A Papua New Guinean/American woman challenges her evangelist father's strict rules to find her voice as a makeup…
Cinema Musica, Pacific Cinewaves

CAN’T WAIT

Film CAN’T WAIT Directed by & Edwin “Sadboiii” Martinez, Lavelle “Velle Vell” Gamble, Mewael “Mobeats” Michael, Stephanie “Soultree” Camba, Uran “Kabashi” Kabashi Nostalgia and Nature intertwine in this jazzy Chicagoan music video that explores mental health, herbalism, and the relationships…
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E MĀLAMA PONO, WILLY BOY

Film E MĀLAMA PONO, WILLY BOY Directed by Scott W. Kekama Amona A Native Hawaiian police officer is forced to choose between supporting his family, upholding the law, and doing…
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FILI

Film FILI Directed by Peter Filimaua Fili, a young Samoan American, is torn between following his father's footsteps in playing football and pursuing his…
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FIND WHERE I BELONG

Film FIND WHERE I BELONG Directed by Kahu KAIHA Elvis, a homeless teenager must find courage to leave the street life in order to return to his…
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FOLLOW ME HOME

Film FOLLOW ME HOME Directed by Derek Felipe, Fa'avae Fa'avae, Michael Gray When a young Pacific Islander boy, in search for his identity, grows up in a neighborhood clothed by…
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KA ʻĀʻUMEʻUME: NAVIGATING HOME

Film KA ʻĀʻUMEʻUME: NAVIGATING HOME Directed by M. Kaleipumehana Cabral Six Kānaka ʻŌiwi weave a story of grief, hope, wisdom, and struggle in navigating diaspora and returning to…
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KE KAHEA: AN INVITATION INTO SACRED SPACE

Film KE KAHEA: AN INVITATION INTO SACRED SPACE Directed by Justyn Ah Chong A group of women heed the calling to make kapa for unearthed ancestral remains.
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WHEN YOU LEFT ME ON THAT BOULEVARD

Film WHEN YOU LEFT ME ON THAT BOULEVARD Directed by Kayla Abuda Galang Paradise Hills, Southeast San Diego, 2006. 15-year-old Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving…
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MĀUI ADVENTURES: CAPTURING THE SUN

Film MĀUI ADVENTURES: CAPTURING THE SUN Directed by Jus G. When the days are too short for life to survive, a Hawaiian boy fights the sun in order…
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TRENTON: TO THE MOON & BACK

Film TRENTON: TO THE MOON & BACK Directed by Josh Leong Two indigenous brothers from the Solomon Islands escape a cult posing as a leadership training organization, finding refuge…
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MORE BOUNCE

Film MORE BOUNCE Directed by Alexis Si'i MORE BOUNCE documents three Samoan men as they reflect on their time as bouncers in Southern California, and…
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MY BROTHER

Film MY BROTHER Directed by Misa Tupou At rugby training, Malu knows time is against him, but his support for his sister Alofa will not…
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OURS IS THE SKY

Film OURS IS THE SKY Directed by Enzo Ventura In the wake of a devastating typhoon, three highland farmers discover their crops ruined and wait to start…
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PANDEMIC BREAD

Film PANDEMIC BREAD Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis Pandemic Bread is a short dramatic film about a Filipino interpreter taking an end-of-life call with a doctor…
Documentary Programs, Pacific Cinewaves

PHOTOGRAPHIC JUSTICE: THE CORKY LEE STORY

Film PHOTOGRAPHIC JUSTICE: THE CORKY LEE STORY Directed by Jennifer Takaki This film is a timely and intimate portrayal of a photographer on a quest to ensure that the…
Narrative Programs, Pacific Cinewaves

RED, WHITE & BRASS

Film RED, WHITE & BRASS Directed by Damon Fepulea'i Maka, a Tongan superfan, will do whatever it takes to get tickets to the Tonga v France Rugby…
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SNACK

Film SNACK Directed by Lauren To'omalatai After a night out with friends, Jess returns home and shares a late night snack with someone unexpected
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TALA’S BEDTIME STORY

Film TALA’S BEDTIME STORY Directed by Peter Filimaua In order to help Tala fall asleep, his mother tells him a tale about his grandfather and Pulotu,…
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THE BREAK

Film THE BREAK Directed by Conrad Lihilihi A woman's growing success begins to unearth deep insecurities and trauma within her toxic relationship which leads to…
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THE UNREACHABLE STAR

Film THE UNREACHABLE STAR Directed by Sharon Park Inspired by the grand tales of Don Quixote, a brother and sister set off in search of adventure…
Narrative Programs, Pacific Cinewaves

THE VILLAGE

Film THE VILLAGE Directed by Seric Aprymov The young director receives a task to make a film and finds himself in an unfamiliar environment -…
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THE WIND & THE RECKONING

Film THE WIND & THE RECKONING Directed by David L. Cunningham As an outbreak of leprosy engulfs 19th-century colonial Hawai'i, a small group of infected Native Hawaiians resist government-mandated…
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THE VACATION

Film THE VACATION Directed by Jarreau Carrillo A Black man attempts to take a vacation.
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THE VAN

Film THE VAN Directed by Bernard Badion A man’s stubborn father refuses to move unless a broken down van comes with him.
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THE VOYAGER’S LEGACY

Film THE VOYAGER’S LEGACY Directed by Bailey Poching In 1970’s Auckland New Zealand, an immigrant family endeavors to give their story a fairytale ending.
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THE WEATHER INSIDE

Film THE WEATHER INSIDE Directed by Jonny Chang, Solomon Chang, Tiffany Ike The Weather Inside is a 5-part original music video series exploring themes of identity, mental health, and growing…
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WHETŪ MĀRAMA / BRIGHT STAR

Film WHETŪ MĀRAMA / BRIGHT STAR Directed by Aileen O'Sullivan, Toby Mills We once built waka/canoes from giant trees and sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. These arts were…