Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2021

Looking Past Paradise: Shorts From Hawai'i

Expired March 15, 2021 6:59 AM
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LOOKING PAST PARADISE is a showcase that allows us the privilege of seeing how the filmmaking community in Hawai’i has leveraged increased accessibility from digital democratization. From the movement to protect Mauna Kea to a brief reunion between a formerly incarcerated father and his son, these films shatter the veneer of tourism and reveal the truths that affect the Nation of Hawai’i.

Co-presented by U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle and Hawaiian International Film Festival

Hawaiian Soul is the story of George Helm, a talented Hawaiian musician and leader in the 1970's native rights movement, who used his voice to inspire a revolution of consciousness. This short-film shares moments of George's journey into music and activism from childhood to his adult life, right up to the precipice of his leap into protecting Kahoʻolawe, an island used for target bombing practice by the US Navy that eventually put a stop to. This is an origin story of our Hawaiian hero. (Content Warning: State Violence)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    19 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    PNW Premiere
  • Director
    ʻĀina Paikai
  • Cast
    Kolea Fukumitsu