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PAST. FUTURE. FORWARD. with THE LAST RODEO + KE KAHEA

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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.

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KE KAHEA: AN INVITATION INTO SACRED SPACE

WORLD PREMIERE

United States 2022 | English, ‘olelo Hawai‘i | 19M

DIRECTOR: Justyn Ah Chong

After receiving a kahea (calling) from ancestral lineages on Maui to create kapa for unearthed iwi kūpuna (skeletal remains), cultural practitioner Aʻiaʻi Bello extended the calling to her circle of women in the community. Those that stepped forth were propelled on a transformative journey, and as they learned to transform the wauke plant into sacred kapa, they found themselves changed in the process as well.

 

THE LAST RODEO

WORLD PREMIERE

United States 2022 | English, ‘olelo Hawai‘i | 33M

DIRECTORS: Liz Barney, Alison Week

As La’i Bertlemann prepares to graduate from high school, she grapples with whether to accept a full-ride scholarship to a big university on the mainland or stay home in Hawai’i to study her culture and spend time with her aging Grandfather. As a direct descendant from a long line of Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys, she has the unique opportunity to continue her family’s legacy, but the mainland has its own attractions. From her final high school rodeo competition to her family’s annual branding day on their ancestral homelands, THE LAST RODEO explores what La’i risks losing if she decides to leave.

 

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Virtual Screening Nov 14 – 27th | Only Accessible from UNITED STATES

Virtual Screening Nov 14 – 27th | Only Accessible from UNITED STATES | Access Starts at the Above Time

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Jason Edward Lewis, Prem Sooriyakumar
PRODUCER(S)Jason Edward Lewis
SCREENWRITER(S)Jason Edward Lewis, Prem Sooriyakumar
CASTKehau Abad, Noelani Arista, Mox Fifita-Atkins, Rian-Angelica Barreras, Chad Brown, Alexander Duong, Forest Frizzell, Ioane Goodhue, Maki’ilei Ishihara, Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa, Kainoa Keanaaina, Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada, Keanu Lagundimao, Jason Edward Lewis, Kauwila (Daniel) Mahi, Nathan Nahina, Dwayne Shimizu, Skawennati, Nancy-Elizabeth Townsend, Vance Tolentino, Briana Makanamaikalani Wright
CINEMATOGRAPHERPrem Sooriyakumar

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PREMIERE STATUS: WORLD PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 51 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English

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