Ka PikoDirected by Bryson Chun
Makana, a young Hawaiian man with a tenuous connection to his native culture, is grappling with the death of his girlfriend during the birth of their child. In order to fulfill a native tradition that his girlfriend wanted to perform, he must take the piko, or the umbilical cord, and bury it at a sacred site, in this case Lake Waiau on Mauna Kea. He meets resistance from his girlfriend’s overbearing father, Bruce, forcing the two of them to work together to complete the task.
“When I was my ancestors, I survived war, infections, and imprisonment. Now I am me, and I can…