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- How does globalization, development, and colonialism impact the health of Pacific Islanders?
- Is all development good?
- Is it good all the time?
KEY CONCEPTS: Gender, Health index for Pacific Islanders, Obesity, Poverty
Born Polynesians by
'Vahine' means woman in Polynesian. But the word, associated to a myth forged by foreigners, has become almost embarrassing to use in Tahiti. This film will have you meet some of these women: dancer, writer, herbalist or politician. All of them play a key role in the smooth running of the Polynesian society and especially the preservation of its traditions and the integrity of its language and cultural identity.
Kumu Hina by
During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams?
Leitis in Waiting by
This is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their highly religious and conservative South Pacific Kingdom.
Women's Changing Roles in Micronesia by
This film explores the traditional roles of women and how they are changing in contemporary Micronesia, with a special emphasis on the outer islands of Chuuk and Yap.
Women’s Involvement in Hawaiian Politics by
Mililani Trask (Kanaka Oiwi) is a Native Hawaiian political speaker, attorney, and champion of indigenous and human rights. During the Hawaiian sovereignty movement in the 1980s, Trask founded Ka Lahui Hawaii, a Native Hawaiian initiative for self governance. She worked as a diplomat and has testified multiple times at the United Nations, advocating for the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She remains prominent in Native Hawaiian politics, and currently serves as an advisor to Innovations Development Group, a firm focused on bringing clean, renewable, energy to Hawaiian communities.