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FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMES NAPIER ROBERTSON & PAULA WHETU JONES | WHINA

Join us for a special FREE extended virtual discussion with James Napier Robertson and Paula Whetu Jones, directors of WHINA. This conversation is presented as part of the Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. This conversation will be moderated by scholar ‘Ihilani Lasconia. ‘IHILANI LASCONIA is from Waimānalo …

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FILM FOR THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH CYNTHIA LOWEN | BATTLEGROUND

Join us for a special FREE extended virtual conversation with Cynthia Lowen, director of BATTLEGROUND. This discussions is presented as part of our Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawaii Council For The Humanities. Cynthia Lowen is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and award-winning writer whose work uses the power of story to catalyze meaningful …

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WHINA

For nearly a century, Dame Whina Cooper’s voice never stopped asserting the rights of her people – land rights, women’s rights, education rights – and striving for unity between Māori and Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans). In 1975, Whina (Rena Owen), frail but still sharp as a knife, is roused to unite Māori to fight not …

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MY SMALL LAND

Sarya has lived in Japan since she was five. She pretends to be German to her friends, which is easier than telling the truth. In reality, Sarya’s parents are Kurds who traveled from Turkey to Japan as refugees. Furthermore, she is responsible for her younger siblings while her father is at work. Despite the hardships, …

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MIDWIVES

Hla and Nyo Nyo live in a country torn by conflict. Hla is a Buddhist and the owner of a makeshift medical clinic in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya (a Muslim minority community) are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice midwife who acts as an assistant and translator …

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BATTLEGROUND

This June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe versus Wade, ending 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States. How have we arrived here, when 7 in 10 Americans support access to legal abortion? Comprised of Gen Z activists, members of the Christian Right, and even some Democrats, there are powerful organizations across …

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BAD AXE

After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian American filmmaker documents his family’s struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family’s patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, …

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