Visual Communications, Films by Youth Inside - FYI Films, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center are headed to the Los Angeles South Bay to present PACIFIC CINE WAVES, an inspiring selection of works created by Pacific Islanders!
We will be showing an eclectic mix of recent works from the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, and FYI Films, an organization which empowers incarcerated youth from L.A. County, Hawai'i, and Guam via personal story telling and digital filmmaking.
A pre-reception and pre-screening live program will be included; and many of the directors of the films are expected to attend.
Join for a fun-filled and inspiring evening of food, films, and friends!
PACIFIC CINE WAVES
August 25, 2017 at 7PM
Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson 90745
FREE event, but RSVPs are encouraged.
NA PUA O LAKA
(1987, 14 mins.) Dir.: Rick Chun [Native Hawaiian]
This film is about the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture in Southern California. Sissy Ka’io is a kumu Hula, or teacher of Hula, who both explains and demonstrates how to teach the Hula. The focus is on her male students, which harks back to the origins of the dance and breaks the stereotype of the hulas as mere exotic entertainment.
LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK
(2017, 4 mins.) Dir.: Vilsoni Hereniko [Rotuman]
A visual poem that pays tribute to Maunakea, a sacred mountain on the island of Hawaii and the center for one of the largest conflicts presently taking place in Hawaii. LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK gives voice to the mountain herself through visually thought provoking images, sound and artistic storytelling through film.
THE RETURN OF OUR ELDER HURAO (Matto Saina ta as Hurao)
(2005, 1 min.) Dir.: Alex C. Munoz (Chamoru)
A mighty Chamoru chief returns to the island of Guahan and mourns the loss of connection between modern Chamorus and their past customs and ancestors.
GUAM IS CRYING
(2009, 3 mins.) Dir.: Alex C. Munoz [Chamoru]
A history of colonization and resistance is a legacy that Chamorus (indigenous Guamanians) either run away from — or warily embrace.
(2016, 5 mins.) Dir.: Layla Tripp-Hanohano [Native Hawaiian]
HO’OMAU follows Kapualei Hanohano-Tripp, a young woman passionate about making a difference for the advancement of her culture. She navigates her way through career paths that allow her to influence the Hawaiian community. This film highlights her profession as a Hawaiian language teacher in a rural demographic.
SEA OF HOPE: A POLYNESIAN EXPERIENCE
(2011, 6 mins.) Dir.: Hagoth Aiono [Samoan]
Polynesian culture, art, film, music, athletics, and history are viewed through a contemporary lens. Set during the 2011 Island Fest, the kaleidoscope of athletics, family, and interactions between Samoan locals and visiting participants (including Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu) validates the film’s key theme, "The hopes and dreams of our people, rest in the eyes of our children.”
BORN FO' BANG
(2011, 8 mins.) Dir.: FYI Films Hawaii Youths [Native Hawaiian]
When a Hawaiian youth refuses to beat up a haole as part of his gang initiation, his older brother threatens to ex-communicate him from the gang and his family.
(2016, 14 mins.) Dir.: Jeremiah Tauamiti [Samoan]
The matriarch of a large Polynesian family lies bedridden and silent, unable or unwilling to speak after a long illness. When a family crisis strikes, Nan Maria gets unexpected help as she struggles to reunite her fractured family.
ALL YOU NEED IS BIG AUNTIE
(2009, 13 mins.) Dir.: FYI Films Guam Youths [Chamoru]
A young woman is confronted by a never-ending array of problems on the day her family is served an eviction notice: her brother is arrested, her rent money is stolen, and she's under pressure to date the local wannabe gangsta. It's up to no-nonsense Big Auntie and a forest spirit, or duendas, to show her the right way to solving her problems.
Live entertainment TBD. Please check back for further updates.
PROGRAM SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:
FYI Films; UCLA Asian American Studies Center; Empowering Pacific Islander Communities; Guam Humanities Council; Island Block Radio; The Jason J. Project; Kutturan Chamoru Foundation; Nielsen; Pacific Islanders in Communications; Sony Pictures Entertainment.