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Lisette Marie Kaualena Flanary
TOKYO HULA explores the phenomenal popularity of the hula dance in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives.
It is the final film in a Lehua Films trilogy of award-winning documentaries about the evolution of hula in the global world (NĀ KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA (2007), AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI (2003)).
FEATURED WORK /
The Hula Trilogy
Each film opens a door to contemporary cultural insights and shares the voices of students and teachers who believe that ʻhula is lifeʻ no matter where you are.
FEATURED WORK /
ONE VOICE is an award-winning feature-length documentary following ten young Native Hawaiian high school students for one year as they prepare to compete in the annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest to celebrate the revitalization of the Hawaiian language.
Hawai'i Women in Flmmaking / HIFF
Reel Wāhine of Hawai'i: Season 2
REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAI'Iis a series produced by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking highlighting Hawaiʻi’s top women filmmakers.
Good Pitch Local Hawai'i 2019
Good Pitch Local Hawai'i is a dynamic program aimed at generating support for projects that use media to bring new ways of seeing and understanding of the islands to the attention of participants from across the Pacific and around the world.
FILMMAKER / EDUCATOR / HULA DANCER
Independent filmmaker, educator, and hula dancer, Lisette Marie Flanary creates films that celebrate a modern renaissance of the hula dance and Hawaiian culture. She is the writer, producer and director of Lehua Films and her award-winning documentaries, AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI, NĀ KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA, and ONE VOICE have broadcast nationally on public television and shown in film festivals around the world. Her latest film, TOKYO HULA, the final film in a trilogy of hula documentaries exploring the explosive popularity of hula in Japan, premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in November 2019. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is one of the co-directors of Good Pitch Local Hawaiʻi.
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