11 – 12:30 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Matt Hamashita
‘Anakala (Uncle) Pilipo Solatorio lives on the island of Molokai. He is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of the sacred Hawaiian valley that has been home to his family for hundreds of years.
At the age of five, Pilipo was selected by his adopted grandfather to become the cultural practitioner for his family and was given the responsibility of perpetuating the traditions of Halawa Valley. But growing up in the isolated community was not easy and Pilipo, like everyone else of his generation, left Halawa, vowing never to return.
When Pilipo gets married and starts a family, the valley and the teachings of his grandfather call him home to fulfill his destiny. Will Pilipo’s son, Greg, come home to take on the responsibility of carrying traditions forward, or will Pilipo’s two hanai (adopted) sons (Josh, a taro farmer, and Jason, a musician from New York) be left with the challenge?
Great sacrifices need to be made, but if Pilipo does not succeed in finding a successor, generations of knowledge will be lost forever.
THE ROOTS OF ‘ULU
Directed by Matt Hamashita & John Antonelli
11:45 – 12 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
1 – 2:30 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Jessica Sherry
If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo – planes, trucks, refrigerators, canned food. They thought such goods could only come from the Gods. Led by the mysterious prophet John, a religion was born, the John Frum Movement, also known as a Cargo Cult.
The John Frum Movement still exists in one village in the islands of Vanuatu; the leaders still go to speak with the spirit of John in sacred caves and believers sing songs about him every Friday night. While the US may have forgotten Tanna Island, the American flag flies high over the village of Lamakara and young men march in formation, imitating US soldiers. Lamakara is the last stronghold of the John Frum Movement, but today it is plagued by outside pressures and internal conflict. Waiting for John explores this extraordinary religion from the perspective of the last village of believers, as they struggle to preserve their way of life. In the process this film asks, where do prophets come from? And what makes people believe?
1:15 – 3 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Nicolas Hudak
Where God Likes to Be portrays what it means to be Native American today-taking a personal, cinematic and lyrical journey into the heart of the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana, USA. The film follows three young protagonists, Andrea Running Wolf, Edward Tailfeathers and Douglas Fitzgerald over the course of one summer. A summer that marks a turning point in their lives as they must decide if they want to leave home to attend University or stay and struggle with life on the impoverished reservation.Where God Likes to Be breaks down stereotypes and transforms conventional views of the reservation showing it as the spectacular home of a great and openhearted group of people who do their best to survive in and identify with a country that has tried to strip them of their identity.
3 – 4:30 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Leonardo Pakarati
Te Kuhane o Te Tupuna is a documentary that records the journey of a grandmother and child rapa nui, from the most remote island in the world, in search of ancestral pieces containing the sacred power of its culture, mana, which was torn from geography where it belongs. It is the portrait of a journey in search of the lost magic, but will also be the record of a political and social movement that lives Easter Island, which seeks to vindicate the value of the same, claiming their land and objects that they give meaning to one of the most complex and extraordinary world worldviews.
3:30 – 4:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
5:30 – 7 PM | OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
Directed by Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.
4:45 – 6:15 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Sonia Bonspille Boileau
Le Dep is a psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father’s convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. One night, as she prepares to close up shop, a masked robber enters the store and holds her at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. Before long, she will have to make a decision that will forever change the course of her life.