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Two Films on Hawaii: "Wrongful Occupation" and "Sense of Place"

Sunday, April 03, 2011
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Station 40, 3030B 16th Street, San Francisco

"Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai`i" (2008)

In the Hawaiian language, hewa means “wrong” and noho means “to occupy.” This documentary is a contemporary look at Hawaiian people, politics, and resistance in the face of their systematic erasure under U.S. laws, economy, militarism, and real estate speculation. It is a raw, unscripted story that makes critical links between seemingly unrelated industries, and is told from the perspective of Hawaiians.

"Noho Hewa" is the first feature-length film produced by Hawaiian journalist and filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly, who reports on politics, culture, the environment, and indigenous peoples. She has filed stories from Hawaii, where she lives, as well as Geneva and Katmandu. Keala’s reports air regularly on the Pacifica Network’s Free Speech Radio News, her print journalism has appeared in the Nation, Indian Country Today, the Honolulu Weekly, and other publications. Her news footage has been featured on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Democracy Now! and in September 2008 Keala coproduced “The Other Hawaii” for Al Jazeera.

For more info on this film, see

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"Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place" (2001)

"Ke Kulana He Mahu" is the story of a group of people, young and old, surviving stereotypes, indignation, homophobia, transphobia, colonization, and marginalization in a land where the ancient culture once accepted them as a part of society. Through the richness of their personal stories and the humor of their frequent jokes, we witness the solidarity and soul of a "minority" who uses humor and togetherness to redefine family in order to overcome the hate they encounter everyday. "Ke Kulana He Mahu" covers several aspects of the Honolulu gay scene--among them are Hawaiian culture and history, the drag scene, HIV, and religion. Directed by Kathryn Xian and Brent Anbe.

See promo clip at

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