The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the indigenous influence.
Exiled to a private prison deep in the Arizona desert, native Hawaiian inmates discover culture and community behind bars.
Ciara Lacy has produced, directed, or written non-fiction TV for PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo, and A&E, as well as produced rock-documentaries with theatrical distribution for Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, and O.A.R. Lacy is a 2014 Firelight Media Producing Fellow, a 2014 Tribeca All Access Awardee, a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation… Show more Awardee, and a 2012 Sundance Institute NativeLab Director Fellow. A graduate of Yale University and the Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii, Lacy is proficient in the Hawaiian language and grew up dancing hula. Show less
Filmmaker Beau Bassett's experience represents the intersection of Hawaii’s justice system, filmmaking, and native Hawaiian culture. Having practiced law as a Deputy Public Defender for over six years, Bassett has counseled innumerable clients in Honolulu's criminal courts. An active member of the Hawaiian community, he is a graduate of the… Show more Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is fluent in the Hawaiian language. As a filmmaker, Bassett created his first short, TEWETEWE, in 2006 for PBS broadcast, and was accepted as a 2008 producing fellow to the Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program. He currently practices law in Honolulu. Show less
Hawaii, short on funds and space, outsourced the care of 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in the desert of Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles across the ocean from their homes and families, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates discover their calling by teaching each other their native language and dances while behind bars. As the men complete their sentences, we follow them as they reintegrate back home in Hawaii.