AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California.
For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance, but a way of life. Yet while most Americans know only the stereotypes of ʻgrass-skirt girlsʻ from old Hollywood movies and tourist kitsch, the revival of the ancient art of hula tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawaiʻi. AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture – from the very traditional to the contemporary – as it evolves on distant shores. With more Native Hawaiians living on the U.S. continent than on the islands, the hula is a living tradition that connects generations far from home to their heritage. Revealing the challenges of cultural survival through the struggles of Hawaiʻi’s past, American Aloha is a proud reminder of the power of reclaiming tradition for communities creating a home away from home.
KUMU HULA SISSY KAIO
of Hālau Hula o Lilinoe (Carson, CA)
KUMU HULA PATRICK MAKUAKĀNE
of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (San Francisco, CA)
KUMU HULA MARK KEALI'I HO'OMALU
of Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Oakland, CA)
COMPETITIONS/FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION & AWARDS
· CINE Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in Broadcast Documentary, 2003
· Silver Hugo Award, Arts & Humanities Division, Chicago Int’l Television Festival, 2004
· Bronze Prize, Best Documentary Feature, WorldFest Houston, 2004
· Nominated, Best Dance Documentary, Monaco Dance Forum & Festival, 2003
ADDITIONAL OFFICIAL SELECTION FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
· Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
· Pacifika: New York Hawaiian Film Festival, Opening Night Film
· Maui Film Festival
· New York Asian American International Film Festival
· Wine Country Film Festival
· Hawaiʻi International Film Festival
· Native American Film & Video Festival, NMAI, “Arctic Summer...American Aloha”
· Ashland Independent Film Festival
· Newport Beach Film Festival
· World’s Fare, Reel World Film Festival (Toronto), “Cultures Colliding”
AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAIʻI is a co-production of American Documentary (POV), the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Lehua Films, LLC and a presentation of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Directed and Produced by Lisette Marie Flanary.
FUNDING PROVIDED BY:
Independent Television Service (ITVS) Open Call Completion Funding I AMDOC’s Diverse Voices Project (DVP) I Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Production Funding I National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance (NIPAD) Grant I National Endowment for the Arts – Folk & Traditional Arts Grant I New York State Council for the Arts I Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation I Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation I Mary Duke Biddle Foundation I Fiscal Sponsor: Women Make Movies
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