Screening of Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai`i with filmmaker Marlene Booth
Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss Hall 012
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Free • Call 956-8244 for information
Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaiʻi profiles the language of Hawaiʻi's working people in its rise from plantation jargon to a source of island identity, pride, and controversy. Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawaiʻi's population, Pidgin captures multi-ethnic Hawaiʻi's heart and soul. The film draws on a variety of sources, including archival, academic and other expert commentary, man-on-the-street interviews and performance to shed light on this colorful language.
Marlene Booth is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who teaches at the Academy for Creative Media, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has worked for PBS station WGBH-TV in Boston and for her own company, Raphael Films. Her major films include Pidgin: the Voice of Hawaiʻi which won the audience award for best documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival; and They Had a Dream: Brown v Board of Education 25 Years Later; The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans.