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Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation

by Puhipau and Joan Lander

Act of War examines the circumstances surrounding the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian sovereignty in 1893, Hawaii's subsequent U.S. annexation, and its impact from a native Hawaiian perspective.

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii

by Lisette Flanary and Evann Siebens

Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. Now, after years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.

POV, True Stories

E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

by Christen Hepuakoamana‘a Marquez

Filmmaker Christen Marquez's drive to learn the meaning of her enigmatic Hawaiian name impels her to unite her scattered family and come to terms with her estranged, mentally ill mother, who is the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.

Fishbowl

by Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry, and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsungaga

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.

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Girl Trouble

by Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko

Shot over a period of four years, Girl Trouble documents the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Francisco's failing juvenile justice system.

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Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker

A portrait of Hawaiian surf legend and community activist Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.

Independent Lens, True Stories

Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele

by Dawn Kaniaupio and Stuart Yamane

Heart Strings is the story of Kamaka Hawaii, an instrument manufacturing business run by four generations of one Hawaiian family.

In Football We Trust

by Tony Vainuku

In Football We Trust is the yet-untold story of the Polynesian football pipeline, from the Islands to Utah via the Mormon Church… to the NFL.

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

by Mary Baker

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed documents how the town of Kohala, Hawaii is transformed when an art conservator arrives to restore the community's cherished bronze sculpture.

Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

by Lisette Marie Flanary

Follow the journey of legendary teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawaii as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and prepare to compete at the world’s largest hula festival. Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula goes beyond deep-rooted stereotypes of "grass skirt girls" and reveals a story of Hawaiian pride — past and present.

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