Indigenous Spotlight



In English, Hawaiian and Spanish with English subtitles

This short film program invites audiences to explore the joys and challenges of indigenous experience in our world today. Find out the one thing a deaf teen would like to hear. Witness what changes the internet brings to a village in Peru. Consider the importance of preserving culture and heritage in our modern world.

Themes: identity, adversity, acceptance, preserving heritage, technology

Recommended for ages 8+

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY!

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle

A Place in the Middle is the true story of Hoʻonani, an eleven year old girl who dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She's fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be “in the middle” and the traditional Hawaiian embrace of mahu, those who embody both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is to be true to yourself.

Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Asian American International Film Festival in New York.

In English and Hawaiian with English subtitles.

Proud To Be Heiltsuk

An interview with two different generations about the importance of the Heiltsuk culture.

The Hearing

Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others.



An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community - the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.