I Am Because You Are
Directed by STEFAN C. SCHAEFER
The threat of Alzheimer’s inspires a young boy to capture his grandfather’s memories before they’re lost forever. Kaiea grew up hearing vivid stories from his grandfather about the Vietnam War and the Maui of the past, so he’s disheartened when his grandfather has to move to a nursing home and can no longer recall his former life. Kaiea takes matters into his own hands and builds a device to store his grandfather’s memories. Kaiea’s mother does her best to support him, and teaches him the importance of life isn’t just from his beloved grandfather’s past, but also through living new experiences for himself.
The past and present come to life through imagery of the ocean and archival footage of the Vietnam War and Maui. Kaiea’s invention gives him hope, but he must realize the legacy he already carries by sharing and creating his own stories for a new generation.
— Jason Nou
Ciara Lacy / Special Presentations / USA / 2018 / Culture, Documentary / 82 minsTrapped in an endless cycle of hardship, Native Hawaiians struggle to find their place after incarceration. The lives of two former inmates move in different directions as one deals with unemployment and the other finds love. Prison is the past, but can these two survive without being sent back?
Preceded by: I Am Because You Are