"State of Aloha" screening tonight

“The State of Aloha” screening at LA Asian Pacific Festival 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Honolulu – The State of Aloha feature film is screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Festival 2010. State of Aloha was selected by the Hawaii International Film Festival 2009 as a Halekulani Golden Orchid Best Documentary Award Nominee. Special guest Director & Producer, Anne Misawa will be present for the LAAPFF screenings: MONDAY, MAY 3, 7:00 PM, TATEUCHI DEMOCRACY FORUM @ NCPD 111 N. Central Ave, Little Tokyo, Downtown L.A. STATE OF ALOHA USA, 2010, 77 minutes Directed by Anne Misawa Narrated by Jason Scott Lee Synopsis: Produced in collaboration with students from UH-Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media and professionals [sic], this latest effort by director/cinematographer Anne Misawa (WAKING MELE, Festival 1999) offers an exhaustive examination of Hawaii’s current struggles to define its culture and sense of identity in the fifty years since statehood in 1959. Beginning with footage from recent demonstrations leading up to the 50th anniversary, a cacophony of voices, from politicians, activists, students, locals and even the occasional tourist, recount their experiences of when Hawaii became a state, from celebratory to downbeat. Largely lost in this din, however, is a comprehensive look at how Hawaii got to where it is today — its place as a pawn in U.S. imperialism, its colonization, the overthrow of its sovereign government in 1898, its development as a tourist haven, and the decimation of its native peoples from a population estimated to be over 800,000 before Captain James Cook landed in the 1800s to little more than 40,000 by 1880. To understand Hawaii’s current situation, Misawa recounts that history through archival images, newsreel footage, and moving testimonials by voices including the likes of activists Haunani-Kay Trask, Kekuni Blaisdell, Jon Osorio; historians Tom Coffman; politicians Daniel Inouye, John Waihee, Daniel Akaka; and numerous man-on-the-street interviews. What emerges is a troubling history dictated by U.S. imperialism and business interests ranging from the development of the sugar cane industry, racist xenophobia, Pearl Harbor and the resulting internment of Japanese Americans, and the emergence of a political voice as exemplified by the likes of Inouye, Akaka, “Spark” Matsunaga, George Ariyoshi, Neil Abercrombie, and others. The larger effect of the statehood tale is the collective loss of indigenous identity and culture, as seen in student-shot footage of face-to-face demonstrations and excerpts from news programs documenting both sides of the current struggles. Weaving in and out of this story is a second, more nuanced narrative that documents the growing politicization of native Hawaiians, from the unionization of workers in various service and manufacturing industries in the 1940s punctuated by a watershed 1949 labor strike that shut down Honolulu’s shipping ports, to the resulting rise of Communist hysteria. The attendant rise of the Democratic Party and its role in shaping Hawaii’s current political and cultural direction adds a further layer of complication to this story — a tale in which the next chapter is waiting to be written, this time by the people whose very lives have been impacted by both outsiders and oppressors. — Abraham Ferrer [LAAPFF] A University of Hawaii at Manoa presentation of an Academy for Creative Media production (International sales: U. of Hawaii, Honolulu.) Directed and Produced by Anne Misawa; Associate Produced by Connie M. Florez; Executive Producers Tom Brislin, Chris Lee; Camera by Bennett Cerf; Editor is Ruth Chon; Music by Jon Magnussen; Sound by John McFadden; Narrated by Jason Scott Lee. With: Ah Quon McElrath, Cobey Black, Daniel Inouye, Jonathan Osorio, Kekuni Blaisdell, John Waihee, George Ariyoshi, James Burns, Daniel A. Akaka, Bozo Pualoa, William S. Richardson, Hinaleimoana Falemei, Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, and many more. “…this valuable history lesson offers thought-provoking opinions on how the legacy of statehood has shaped Hawaiian society” – VARIETY review by Richard Kuipers For more information go to Email: stateofalohamovie@gmail.com Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InE6Z4a0wrk LAAPFF film listing]]>

1 comment for “"State of Aloha" screening tonight

  1. admin
    May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    The screening went very well. Anne, Connie, Ruth and I participated in the Q & A, and despite the short time, I’m appreciative of the positive comments and questions that we received.

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