Standing Above the Clouds

Standing Above the Clouds

  • 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 15 m 10 s

Standing Above the Clouds is a story of inter-generational women activists, who call themselves Ku Kia’i Mauna, or guardians of the mountain. The film follows three sets of mothers and daughters indigenous to the Big Island of Hawaii, at the forefront of the movement to protect their sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, from an eighteen story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Standing Above the Clouds explores the relationships between native Hawaiian mothers and daughters as they go from standing in ceremony to standing on the mountain, and in the courtroom.

Screening Information
Whenua Shorts

12:00 PM
Saturday 26 September 2020
Māoriland Hub

TRAILER: Standing Above the Clouds
  • Language English
  • Indigenous Nation Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian)
  • Country United States
  • Director Jalena Keane Lee
  • Indigenous Key Creative Pua Case
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Pua, known to most as "Aunty Pua," is one of the leaders of the Protect Mauna Kea Movement and has dedicated her life to spreading the message of aloha 'aina. She has been instrumental in building solidarity across indigenous movements in North America and across the Pacific, she has traveled to support the Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock, The Winamawintu people and their Run for Salmon, and other indigenous communities from New Zealand to New York. She is a cultural and spiritual leader who teaches hula and chanting locally in Waimea.
  • Producer Pua Case, Amber Espinosa-Jones
  • Premiere International Premiere
  • Awards Pacific Islanders in Communications Digital Short Fund