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Indigenous Cinema '21

Mele Murals

Title: Mele Murals
Release Date: 2016
Runtime: 57 minutes
Director: Tadashi Nakamura (Hawai'i/USA)
Language: English and 'Ōlelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian) with English subtitles
Synopsis: Two world-famous graffiti artists, Estria Miyashiro (Kanaka Maoli), aka Estria, and John Hina (Kanaka Maoli), aka Prime, are tasked with teaching the art of 'writing' to a group of students at Kanu o ka 'Āina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Together, the sharing of traditional and contemporary cultures, mo'olelo 'aina (stories of a place), and mele (song), create a new form of expressive art that is purely Hawaiian.
Director Bio: Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN's 'Young People Who Rock' for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The fourth-generation Japanese American's film Mele Murals was broadcast on PBS and Al Jazeera, receiving 14 awards at film festivals around the world. Nakamura has a M.A. in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz, a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Week Four
May 14 to 17

The Hemispheric Institute and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution present Indigenous Cinema 2021.

Curated by Amalia Córdova

In the midst of the digital turn and the global crises brought about over the past year, Indigenous artists and activists have found new spaces for their works to be more broadly seen. Indigenous media has been growing over the past four decades, documenting community practices, but also exploring new modes of expression through a range of themes, languages and genres. As new, layered forms of understanding identity emerge, film has proven to be an adaptable medium to explore the interlacing of Indigenous experiences that are in motion, seeking wholeness despite fragmentation, and not restricted to the binaries of urban and rural, ancestral and contemporary, female and male, and more. What we are seeing today is a multiplicity of Indigenous voices and modes of storytelling, told through the moving image. We are pleased to bring a sampling of this new tide of Indigenous cinemas, alternating recent shorts and feature films, some of them made in New York, and others from across the continent.


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