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THE LAST RODEO + KE KAHEA: AN INVITATION INTO SACRED SPACE
Hawaiians in space! PAST FUTURE FORWARD: THE MAKING OF A HAWAIIAN VIDEOGAME follows a workshop designed to teach Kānaka Maoli youth how to draw upon their storytelling traditions to make a videogame. The multilayered interplay between language, cultural practices, and new technologies is illuminated by interviews with participants, stories about navigating the great expanses of the Pacific, the inter-generational trauma caused by the American theft of Hawaiian lands, and the ways in which mo‘olelo–stories and histories–shape what it means to be Hawaiian today and what it promises to mean tomorrow.
Shot during three weeks of intense instruction and production in the He Au Hou/Skins Videogame Workshop held in Honolulu in the summer of 2017, the documentary highlights the long history of Hawaiian innovation and how the youth can carry that heritage forward.