Section: Pacific Showcase Shorts

Pacific Showcase Shorts

PLAYS WITH: DISRUPT | Director: Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand FIRE IN THE WATER, FIRE IN THE SKY | Director: Mīria George HE KAU HEAHEA A HI‘IAKA | Director: Ty Sanga HOW TO CATCH A TAOTAOMONA | Director: Neil Tinkham KA MO‘OPUNA I KE ALO, THE GRANDCHILD IN THE PRESENCE | Director:  Sancia Shiba Nash MAHÅLANG …

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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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DISRUPT

When a burglary goes wrong, a drug addict must choose between his family and his next fix.

HE KAU HEAHEA A HI‘IAKA

Created and featured in the 2021 Annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, this is a story of climate change from a native Hawai‘ian perspective featuring the mele (songs) and hula (dance) of Kamehameha School High School students.

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