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The Hawaiian island of Kaua’i is seen as a paradise of leisure and pristine natural beauty, but these escapist fantasies obscure the colonial displacement, hyper-exploitation of workers, and destructive environmental extraction that have actually shaped life on the island for the last 250 years. Cane Fire critically examines the island’s history—and the various strategies by which Hollywood has represented it—through four generations of director Anthony Banua-Simon’s family, who first immigrated to Kaua’i from the Phillipines to work on the sugar plantations. Assembled from a diverse array of sources—from Banua-Simon’s observational footage, to amateur YouTube travelogues, to epic Hollywood dance sequences—Cane Fire offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the economic and cultural forces that have cast Indigenous and working-class residents as “extras” in their own story.


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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Anthony Banua-Simon
  • Producer
    Michael Vass, Anthony Banua-Simon
  • Executive Producer
    Steve Holmgren
  • Editor
    Anthony Banua-Simon
  • Music
    Mike Cooper