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Pacific Showcase


  1. Anote’s Ark

    Matthieu Rytz / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Kiribati / Documentary / 77 mins
    The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s President, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many iKiribati are seeking safe harbor overseas.
    Anote’s Ark

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 4:30 pm Buy Tickets


  2. August at Akiko’s

    Christopher Makoto Yogi / Pacific Showcase, Free Movies, Drama / Hawaii, USA / Narrative / 75 mins
    AUGUST AT AKIKO'S is a mystical film that lives in the seams between dream, reality, and memory with a time-signature all its own. Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai returns to the Big Island of Hawai‘i to reconnect with his roots.
    August at Akiko’s

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2018 7:45 pm


  3. Being Bruno Banani

    Susann Wentzlaff & Jörg Junge / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Germany, Tonga / Documentary / 90 mins
    Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games. Through his name, he also acted as the first “living brand,” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s advertising regulations.
    Being Bruno Banani

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 6:00 pm


  4. Corridor Four

    Stephen Tringali / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 81 mins
    Awarded Best Documentary Feature at Washington West Film Festival 2017, CORRIDOR FOUR challenges the image of the American hero in a heartfelt portrait of 9/11 first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he works to put that traumatic experience behind him through the support of his family and his love of music.
    Corridor Four

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 5:15 pm


  5. Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Pacific Showcase, Free Shorts / Greenland, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, USA / Shorts / 72 mins
    Told through visual poetry and narrative, and infused with stunning color and sound, these shorts recognize the trials and triumphs of family, explore the environmental traumas inflicted upon Oceania, and share the pride and resilience of these communities throughout history to the present. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following organizations for their assistance with curating this program: the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Wairoa Mãori Film Festival. Director/Cinematographer/Editor Jes X. Snow will be in attendance with Co-Producer Adriel Luis and other members of the crew.
    Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 11:00 am


  6. Leitis In Waiting

    Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, and Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Tonga / Documentary / 70 mins
    LEITIS IN WAITING is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom.
    Leitis In Waiting

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 6:05 pm