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Beliefs, Choices: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

“[My] film’s structure adopts Polynesian perceptions of non-linear time, where past, present, and future intertwine. The past coexists with our present and future.” –Karin Williams

This quote could frame this year’s Pacific Shorts Showcase. These award-winning shorts from filmmakers throughout the Pacific involve journeys across time, space, culture, and religion. From a docu-art piece about a young man who travels from luxury resorts to a time when his tīpuna first settled to animated queer mythic love story inspired by the Hawaiian concept of aikāne, these stories trace the interconnections between self and community and the power of belief.

Program curated by Sunny Huang.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

Burning of the Gods

Directed by Karin Williams

With his island at risk from industrial tourism and environmental degradation, a boy travels back in time to reconnect with his ancestors.


Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth

A Papua New Guinean/American woman challenges her evangelist father’s strict rules to find her voice as a makeup artist.

He Karu, He Taringa

Directed by Tahuaroa Ohia

A story about how a takiwātanga (autistic) child sees and hears the world.

Trenton: To the Moon and Back

Directed by Josh Leong

Two indigenous brothers from the Solomon Islands escape a cult posing as a leadership training organization, finding refuge in a small, conservative town in rural Georgia.


Directed by Daniel Sousa, Dean Hamer, Josh Wilson

The romantic adventures of a valiant island warrior, a mysterious young man, and an octopus.