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PACIFIC CINEWAVES: THE STORIES WE TELL

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

We are grateful to present another edition of Pacific Cinewaves Shorts; celebrating stories that connect generations and lands. Join us on a trip to a football field in American Samoa, to Aotearoa (New Zealand) to meet a young boy and his grandfather, to the Marshallese community of Arkansas, and to the garden of the last monarch of Hawai`i, Queen Lili`uokalani.

In this program


IN EXILE

Directed by Nathan Fitch

IN EXILE is a short film that explores the US nuclear legacy in the Pacific through the lens of members of the Marshallese community in Springdale Arkansas. Each year the community there gathers to commemorate the bombing of Bikini Atoll in 1946 and ask questions such as Why did the United States choose their islands for nuclear testing, and what are the ongoing impacts upon their indigenous Pacific Island community?

KAI HALIʻA (SEA OF MEMORY)

Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode

Through layers of space, time and memory across the ocean and ʻāina (land) on Maui, a diasporic Kānaka (Hawaiian) remembers how to connect back to themselves, their family and their lover.

LEA TUPU’ANGA | MOTHER TONGUE

Directed by Vea Mafile'o

A young speech therapist disconnected from her Tongan heritage lies about her Tongan language skills to get a job. Out of her depth, she must find a way to communicate or risk her patient’s life.

THE QUEEN’S FLOWERS

Directed by Ciara Leinaʻala Lacy

A magical take on a true story, THE QUEENʻS FLOWERS is an animated short adventure for kids that follows Emma, a Native Hawaiian girl in 1915 Honolulu, as she makes a special gift for the last monarch of Hawai`i, Queen Lili`uokalani.

THE SHAUN NUA PROJECT

Directed by Jake Zielinski, Jess Speight

Super Bowl champion and current USC defensive line coach Shaun Nua returns to his home island of American Samoa to donate uniforms to all six high school football teams.

TUIA NGĀ HERE

Directed by Heriata Rurehe, Kura Turuwhenua

When a young boy fears for his grandfather’s health he looks to the land to seek the cure