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Directed by Aileen O'Sullivan, Toby Mills

Cast: Hek Busby, Mau Pialug, Nainoa Thompson

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

Pasifika people are people of the Ocean. They sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. But due to colonization and displacement, these daily practices of Pasifika livelihood were lost for 600 years.WHETŪ MĀRAMA- BRIGHT STAR, directed by Toby Mills (Ngāti Hinerangi) and Aileen O’Sullivan tells the true tale of when the stars re-aligned and three men from far flung islands met by chance and toether they reclaimed the Pasifika people as the greatest navigators on the planet.

Through archival footage and intimate verite and interviews, this stunning film documents the brilliant knowledge of Pasifka ancestors, passed on to Nainoa Thompson from Hawaii, Mau Pialug from Satawal and Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi, Hek Busby, from Aotearoa / New Zealand. In their in leadership to teach the wayfinding ways of  traditional star voyages, they keep the practice alive for generations to come.

Writer: Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan
Producer: Aileen O’Sullivan, Toby Mills
Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger
Editor: Ken Sparks
Composer: Moana Maniapoto, Paddy Free
Sound Designer: Paddy Free
Music: Moana Maniapoto

Dates & Times


Regal L.A. LIVE

Sat, May 13
12:30 pm