Morere Hall 7 pm to 10 pm Sunday June 2
Part 1 (7 pm)
Director Victoria Hunt, Producer Margot Nash, 9 minutes, Australia, Documentary, Short
Set in the liminal spaces between history and emotion TAKE unfolds a story of origins, of traumatic events and colonial violence. Cast: Victoria Hunt. Language: English, Māori.
Director Welby Ings Producer Robin Murphy 15 minutes New Zealand, Short
When the truth behind a family myth is exposed, a young boy finds the strength to stand up for himself in an unusual way.
Director Toa Stappard, Writer Toa Stappard, Producer Toa Stappard, Sindisiwe Nxumalo
14 minutes, United Kingdom, Short
A woman finds herself, lost in the deserted Swazi outback when she tries to locate an elusive community leader. Cast: Sindisiwe Nxumalo, Ntando Nxumalo, Zweli Maseko, Mhlaba Dlamini.
The Moon and The Night
Director Erin Lau, 19 minutes, United States, Short
In rural Hawaii, a teenage girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dog fight.
Part 2 (8 pm)
The Pit Where We Were Born
Director Alexander Bocchieri, Writer Alexander Bocchieri, Producer Matthew Nagato, Anela Ling, Bryson Chun, 12 minutes, United States, Experimental, Short
A father and son reunite around the family 'imu of their Wai'anae farm, to reckon with addiction, control, and a past that continues to color their future.
Director Aaron Schnobrich, Writer Aaron Schnobrich, Producer Ciara Lacy, 13 minutes, United States, Documentary
Teeth is an intimate portrait of sex trafficking in the Aloha state. Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s healing from sexual abuse as a child parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth. Aloha is replacing her pain and an ever-present fight to survive.
Mauka To Makai
Director Jonah Okano, Alika Maikau, Writer Alika Maikau, Producer Kelsie Greene
25 minutes, United States, Short
Mauka To Makai offers an unfiltered window in to a day in the lives of two cousins, who, while traveling from Kāneʻohe to Kailua, grapple with their identity, vices, and the familial bonds that make and break them. Cast: Holden Mandrial-Santos, Kawika Kahiapo, Ehulani Kane, Tira Akina, Kauikeolani Goodness, Guy Copeland, Ponialoha Pali
Part 3 (9 pm)
The Tree and the Pirogue
Director Sébastien Marques, Writer Sébastien Marques, Producer Sébastien Marques, Mélissa Malinbaum, 25 Minutes, France, Short
The life of a Melanesian tribe is disrupted by the progressive arrival of modernity. Iabe, a young Melanesian, finds this change very hard to cope with and gets lost between his traditions and this modernity. Cast: Iabe Lapacas, Jean-Pierre Swan, Maurice Haeweng.
Director Meilani Wenska, Writer Meilani Wenska, Producer Meilani Wenska, Robert Amico - Supervising Producer, 14 minutes, United States, Short
808 is an emotional thriller of a film. The Hawaiian culture, land, and its exploitation are woven throughout the story as Kai, a lonely Hawaiian woman yearning to reconnect with her children, returns home. Cast: Meilani Wenska, Joneé Shady, Evie Abat, Faleolo Alaima, Taani Fuahala, Armond Kinard, Robert Amico, Pamela Keith, Keoleihi Howe.
Last Taxi Dance
Director Brayden Yoder, Writer Brayden Yoder, Producer Ciara Lacy, Robert Bates, Concepcion Alicino, Brayden Yoder, 18 minutes, United States, Short
In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream. But when his dance tickets run out, she is left with a harsh choice – for when the dancing stops, this man will die. Cast: Danielle Zalopany, Max Holtz, Cyndi Mayo