SCREENS ON THE 24TH MARCH AT 1 PM AT THE CIVIC THEATRE (SCHOOLS ONLY)
REPEAT SCREENING 27TH MARCH AT 10:00 AM AT OTAKI MEMORIAL HALL
VOYAGE INTO THE DEPTHS OF KANALOA
Directed by Ruben Carrillo
This coming of age film captures the history making voyage of 14 students from Halau Holomoana on a 1500 mile journey of a lifetime. Lead by Bonnie Kahape’a-Tanner, the students train for months to prepare themselves for a 10 day open ocean sail to Papahanaumokuakea. A dream that began years before would be realized aboard the 96 foot schooner named Makani Olu.
The film chronicles the transformation of 3 high school seniors. For one a struggle to find himself leads to a confrontation with the law and would threaten his chance of boarding the vessel. For another, his love of the ocean would become his career of choice. And the third, she would experience a deep unexplainable connection to her ancestors, unable to describe the sense of feeling at home in a place more than 400 miles away from the only home sheʻd ever known.
The voyage named Ola I Ke Au A Kanaloa charts a course leaving the security and familiarity of home into a realm they had only studied about, challenging even the strongest of them. Along with modern instrumentation students used traditional way finding techniques steering by the stars and swells.
IN THIS HEAVEN -RING OF FIRE
Directed by Candida Paltiel
In This Heaven documents the tireless efforts of Mae Katt, a First Nation Nurse Practitioner, who runs a mobile drug addiction treatment program in the remote, underserved Matawa First Nations Communities of Northern Ontario, Canada. For over a year, the filmmaker follows Mae and her team to Marten Falls and Neskantanga, two formerly invisible remote communities also negotiating future mining developments in the massive mineral find known as the Ring of Fire, situated on their pristine territorial homelands. The film reveals the dual struggle of Matawa communities to reclaim their health and determine the shape of their future on their land.