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Pacific Shorts

These tales from the Pacific dive deep into our relationship with land, culture, and mythology: a Samoan girl reconciles her spiritual connection to the sugar plantation her family works on, a Chamoru Master blacksmith seeks a place for his craft in the modern world, a desperate young woman takes on a mysterious job retrieving sacred stones, and scientists urgently attempt to save Hawaiian snails as they face imminent extinction.

Co-presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

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In this program

Last Hawiian Sugar

Directed by Dèjá Cresencia Bernhardt

Twelve-year-old Nua makes peace with the mixed emotions she has about the land she lives on when she learns the sugar plantation she calls home will be closed forever.

Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s Song

Directed by Sean Lizama

Guam’s only living Master blacksmith shares the importance of his craft to daily life in the past and tries to find a place for it in a modern landscape.

River of Small Gods

Directed by Bradley Tangonan

On the brink of eviction, a Hawaiian woman takes a job from a mysterious sculptor to retrieve stones from a riverbed deep in the forests of northern O‘ahu.


Directed by Chris A. Johns

Scientists in Hawaii race against time to save rare snails that are both culturally and ecologically significant.