Section: Indigenous Lens

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SINA MA TINIRAU

When a prince is cursed to become an eel and has to win the love of a beautiful woman to become human again, he gifts her with his body in the form of a coconut palm tree in a seductive display. Set on Rotuma in Fiji, this classic tale of unconditional love is given new …

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URCHIN

After a family dispute with his Mother Tuli and brother Lika, Livi opts for a night out with his estranged older brother Sio & his boys – much to the protests of his Mother. However, it’s not the night Livi imagined – instead taken on a rollercoaster of mischief and mayhem, ending with the boys …

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PILI KA MO‘O

The Fukumitsu ʻOhana (family) of Hakipuʻu are Native Hawai‘ian taro farmers and keepers of this generational practice. While much of Oʻahu has become urbanized, Hakipuʻu remains a kīpuka (oasis) of traditional knowledge where great chiefs once resided and their bones still remain. The Fukumitsus are tossed into a world of complex real estate and judicial …

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MAHÅLANG

Chamorro Filipino choreographer and dancer Caili Quan pays tribute to the family and culture on Guam that inspired her love of dancing. Set over contemporary dances, Caili explores her own heritage through memories and conversations with her family. Each dance is inspired by a facet of Guam’s culture: oral storytelling, matrilineal roots, the warrior spirit, …

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MALIHINI

An introspective look into Hawai‘ian identity and living on the mainland, filmmaker Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker uses a candid conversation with their mother to dissect and deconstruct where they come from and how their family has lived in diaspora.

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FISHPOND: LOKO I‘A

On the remote Hawai‘ian island of Molokai during the Covid-19 pandemic, an ancient fishpond brings together the community, resulting in powerful lessons of resilience and sustainability for the next generation. The work of restoring Ali ªi Fishpond provides not only food, but sharing of profound Hawai‘ian wisdom. This inspiring film begs the question: What can …

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WE’VE ONLY GOT THIS WORLD

Rodney and Betty are earth science students in Vanuatu. Their teacher Mr. Robertson takes their class on field trips to isolated green spaces in the ever-growing town; to the municipal rubbish dump in an attempt to make the students understand the ecological disaster facing every corner of the globe. This inspires Rodney to take up …

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