UCLA Asian American Studies Center Film Festival 2021
Environmental Justice & Spirit of Aloha
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive will continue to celebrate the legacy of Asian American Studies at UCLA with a virtual film festival! Over two weekends, we will present online programming featuring powerful imagery and poignant commentary about meaningful issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Audiences will hear from filmmakers and actors on their creative journeys, as well as from scholars, artists, and community leaders on themes that apply to today’s world.
Back to the Source (2020)
|UCLA EthnoCommunications and Theater, Film and Television alumna Sandra Carbonell-Kiamtia weaves home video footage and family photos into this exquisite hand-drawn animation about her father’s journey from the Republic of Mauritius to France and the US. Integrating her own youth spent in transit, she explores the sense of longing and loss and the melancholy of the diasporic experience while calling to attention the effects of climate change, geopolitical capital, and redevelopment happening in her family homeland.
Color in French and English with English and French s/t, 6 min. Director/Screenwriter: Sandra Carbonell-Kiamtia. Illustrator/Animator: Sylvia Bi.
Standing Above the Clouds (2019)
|When the state government approved the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, mother-daughter protectors rose up in protests and prayers with this encroachment on what they consider the spiritual seat of all Native Hawaiians and indigenous peoples. Director Jalena Keane-Lee documents these voices of protest conveying a direct urgency as she shows the emotional trauma already at the surface and the transmission of an activist ethos from one generation to another.
Color, in Hawaiian and English with English s/t, 15 min. Director: Jalena Keane-Lee.
This Is The Way We Rise (2020)
|Native Hawaiian slam poet, educator, and activist Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio inspires and instills in us the power of words and performance to galvanize change and educate in director Ciara Lacy’s intimate and powerful character portrait. As a member of the Save Mauna Kea movement, Osorio shares how her creative process informs her teaching of the history of exploitation and neocolonialism. Ethics behind development take center stage while bridging identities through creative expression.
Color, in Hawaiian and English with English s/t, 13 min. Director: Ciara Lacy.
Conversation to follow with filmmaker Jalena Keane-Lee, director of photography
Chapin Hall and filmmaker Sandra Carbonell-Kiamtia.
Moderated by Alika Bourgette, University of Washington PhD student.