Pacific Islanders in Communications: Pacific Showcase
Let Maori anthems fill your ears and the legacy of civil rights activists fill your hearts in this year’s Pacific Showcase. From New Zealand to Hawaii and back again, CAAMFest celebrates the resilience, resistance, wisdom and creativity of the Pacific Islander community.
March 12, 2017
In the 1980s, POI E, a simple song with a contagious beat, took New Zealand by storm and became the country’s unofficial national anthem. Envisioned by Dalvanius Prime, the song is a point of pride for generations of New Zealanders and continues to inspire more than 30 years after its release.
March 18, 2017
Set in the lush forests of New Zealand, the indigenous Maori tribe, Ngāi Tūhoe, embarks on a landmark construction project of a sustainable living building. Visually stunning and full of spirit, this documentary captures the development of the building, its vital ties to the tribe’s culture and the reclamation of their land and community.
March 19, 2017
Visionary figure Pinky Thompson led the fight for education and healthcare reform for Native Hawaiians. Guiding his people through the dark waters of racism, poverty and institutional neglect, Thompson’s life story reveals a much broader portrait of the rediscovery of Native Hawaiian culture and heritage.