“PACIFIC HEARTBEAT” IS BACK WITH ITS NINTH SEASON OF INDIE FILMS FROM THE
PACIFIC ISLANDS AND BEYOND ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
Season Nine Features Three New Documentary Films—and Two Audience-Favorite Encores
—to Air on WORLD Channel and PBS Stations Nationwide in April, May and June-
(Honolulu) - Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) announced today the line-up for season nine of its flagship public television series, Pacific Heartbeat, with three new documentary films and two encore presentations that chronicle the Pacific Islander experience from Hawai’i to Samoa, Kiribati, to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and beyond. The new season will be available to viewers on U.S. public television and online, beginning April 19, 2020.
"There is only one signature series on television that showcases the lives and experiences of Pacific Islanders, here in the U.S. and around the world, and Pacific Heartbeat is back in 2020 for its ninth consecutive season’, said Leanne Ferrer, Executive Director of Pacific Islanders in Communications.
"The Pacific Heartbeat series enriches people's hearts and minds by sharing the stories of Pacific Islander history, culture and contemporary challenges on national PBS and with the world online.”
Pacific Heartbeat is presented through a partnership between Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaiʻi, and is distributed by Boston-based American Public Television (APT) and broadcast nationally on WORLD Channel (distributed by APT in partnership with WGBH & WNET), in addition to hundreds of scheduled broadcasts on local PBS stations.
Now in its ninth consecutive season, Pacific Heartbeat is an anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
Films are selected each year from among numerous submissions, including projects funded by PIC with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.