Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson
Directed by Ty Sanga
Myron “Pinky” Thompson, a visionary figure who led the fight for education and healthcare reforms benefiting Native Hawaiians, is honored in this moving and reverent documentary. This is much more than the story of one man, however; the frame of Thompson’s life reveals a much broader portrait of the rediscovery and reclamation of Native Hawaiian culture and heritage in the second half of the 20th century.
Thompson, who died in 2001, helped his fellow Native Hawaiians navigate the dark waters of racism, poverty and institutional neglect from the 1940s to his death. He fought for the successful passage of congressional legislation to protect, heal and educate his people; he advocated for community engagement and empowerment; and he emphasized the links between Hawaiian culture and other indigenous Pacific Island peoples. Interviews with family and friends are interwoven with archival footage and reenactments to bring to life both the imperative work of rebuilding Hawaiian identity as well as the transformative vision and essential vitality of the man himself.
— Kat Hughes
Co-presented by: Superfest International Disability Film Festival
Exec. Producers: Randie Kamuela Fong, Jamie Mililani Fong
Producers: Vjnce Keala Lucero, Caleb Lucero, Ty Sanga
Cinematography : Vince Keala Lucero, Greg Doi Jr., Todd Fink
Editor: Seong Kyu Whang