Notable Film Festivals: Berlinale, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Thin Line Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, Vision Maker Film Festival, Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, CAAMFest
The themes that this powerful, poetic film explores are specifically grounded in a uniquely Hawaiian experience — exploring the struggles of contemporary Hawaiians through an intimate, honest, and empathetic lens,” the jury said.
They learn ancient Hawaiian traditions behind bars, including dance routines, chants, and other rituals that they had previously disregarded for a life of crime and substance abuse.
Native: Female Directors and Protagonists From the Pacific Region Feature Prominently in 2019 Programme
In 2019, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema is screening 16 short and feature-length fiction and documentary films from the Pacific region.
Hawaii Rising: Creating Community at the 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
It’s non-fictional filmmaking by way of the Dardennes, putting views directly in the steps of people trying to find a path back “home,” continually scrambling over — or stopped by — the obstacles in their way."
For many of the Native Hawaiian inmates at the the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, director Ciara Lacy visited for her new documentary, prison was the first time they were ever exposed to most Hawaiian traditions.
The opening shot of OUT OF STATE captivated our jury, demonstrating a keen eye for the complex beauty of the subjects and their culture. This vision continued to move us throughout the entirety of the film.