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Pacific Showcase

Wayfinding is as much of an ancient celestial wisdom as it is a gutsy emotional alignment. Through these hand-selected batch of sparkling and expansive films, we are led on journeys by modern voices of the Pacific diaspora.

In collaboration with our National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA) partner, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), CAAMFest’s Pacific Showcase joins PIC in centering authentic stories that reflect the culture and heritage of the Pacific Islands and its diaspora.

In this program

Still We Rise

Directed by John Harvey

A cinematic tribute to an incandescent year of protest and the ongoing struggle for First Nations’ to reclaim their ancestral lands.

Hōkūle’a: Finding the Language of the Navigator

Directed by Ty Sanga

The story of Hōkūle’a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe, reveals the wisdom of traditional wayfinding methods and community efforts to preserve cultural heritage.

Butterfly / Bataplai

Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth

Wrestling with her dream to become a makeup artist against her family’s values, Raya is visited by Papua New Guinean ancestors in a dream who point to a way forward.

Kai Hali’a (Sea of Memory)

Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode

In a realm of abstracted and embodied memory, a diasporic Kānaka traces a genealogy of identity through kūpuna (ancestors), ‘āina (land), and ke kai (ocean).

Pasifika Drift

Directed by Alana Hicks

As a young Papua New Guinean/Australian man turns to crime to support his pregnant girlfriend, a proud PNG woman urges him to reclaim his heritage.

The Ali’i King

Directed by Christine Kunewa Walker

Set in the 1960’s a road trip from Utah to the opening of Tikiland in California unveils painful revelations for a Hawaiian-German Mormon family.


Directed by Mighty Island

Patrick Palomo, with his group Tradewinds, inflects jazz music with CHamoru language.