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Two of the most memorable nonfiction films of the past year both center the complex histories and representations of the islands of Hawaii. Cane Fire refutes the romantic Hollywood representation of Kauaʻi by critically examining the colonial displacement, hyper-exploitation of workers, and destructive environmental extraction that have shaped life on that island for the last 250 years. (Anthony Banua-Simon, 2021, DCP, 90 minutes).
Similarly, Rock Bottom Riser connects seemingly disparate themes of exploration, mythmaking, and astronomy against the backdrop of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s most sacred and revered mountain where American scientists plan to build the world’s largest telescope. (Fern Silva, 2021, 35mm, 70 minutes)
Fern Silva is unable to attend due to illness.