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Hawaiian Soul

Dir
ʻĀina Paikai
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Country
Hawai'i
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Set in
Hawai'i
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Year
2020
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Run time
20 mins
Short
In Competition
Award Winner

Hawaiian Soul, invites us to reflect on the need for indigenous activists to be heard and foregrounded as the environmental leaders we truly need to solve climate change. Indigenous people the world over have been spearheading environmental movements for too long without recognition

Susanna Basso, CCFF Artistic Director

Synopsis

Amidst the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kūpuna (community elders) from Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.

ʻĀina Paikai

ʻĀina Paikai is a native Hawaiian filmmaker that aims to amplify Pacific and indigenous voices in media. A Sundance Native Lab Fellow, Paikai wrote and acted in the award-winning short-film, Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī (2019) and has now taken the lead on Hawaiian Soul (2020) with writing, producing, and directing.