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Pacific Voices

Traversing American and Australian geographies, the diverse conditions and contexts shaping diasporic Pacific identities come into view through these films. As they navigate the frictions between their inner worlds and their environments, the characters and figures in these films find inner strength and innovate new creative cultural forms by drawing from their indigenous, Pacific heritage.

Expected Guests in Attendance: Executive Producer Tracy Pease (The Ali’i King), Lead Actor Brooklyn Lee (The Ali’i King), Director Angelique Kalani Axelrode (Kai Hali’a (Sea of Memory))


Open Captions: Some, but not all, films in this program have open captions or English subtitles.
Closed Captions: There are no closed captions.
Audio Descriptions: There are no audio descriptions.
ASL Interpreters: There is no ASL interpretation.

In this program

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).

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.


Directed by Mighty Island

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

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.

Dates & Times


Roxie Theater

Sun, May 12
7:30 pm