http://www.baaff.org/waikiki.html Online event
Boston, MA 02110
Festivals & Fairs, Film, University, Virtual & Streaming
Directed by Christopher Kahunahana
77 Minutes | Ages 13+ (Mature Content/Violence)
Thu, Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – Sun, Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm
Viewing of this video is available only to those in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT).
When a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. Director Christopher Kahunahana’s eagerly awaited feature debut breaks down the enduring, stereotypical image of paradise we have of Waikiki to reveal a vulnerable and authentic portrait of indignity. Leaving behind the touristic image of paradise and island culture, WAIKĪKĪ tackles the often-unspeakable generational trauma of postcolonial cultures through a mixing of genre conventions, experimental storytelling, and perspectives.
“In his feature debut, director Christopher Kahunahana unravels a hauntingly beautiful film that depicts the complicated and intertwined sides of paradise, both darkness and light…” – Variety Magazine, Chris Lee, November 29, 2020
Live Q&A with filmmaker to follow at 8:30pm EST.
View Trailer: https://vimeo.com/461231738