When: October 17, 2019
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Samoa Community College
Mesepa Western District, American Samoa 96799
The Republic of the Marshall Islands was once the testing site for some of the biggest nuclear weapons ever made by the United States. Today, the impacts of those tests are still felt by the people who call these islands home. Acclaimed Marshallese poet and activist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, explores the nuclear testing legacy of her country through the legends and stories of one particular island that houses a dark secret.
In order to survive on an island, a community must live in a fragile balance between what they have and what they need. Easter Island (Rapa Nui), known for the ancient stone statues that line its shores, was once a sustainable community that struck that balance. But today, increasing tourism, unregulated importation of goods, and the depletion of the local resources has forced the inhabitants to fight for a balance again. We follow three islanders in their quest to preserve Easter Island’s unique essence and culture, its practices of sustainability, and its natural environment. As they work to reunite their community, we realize they are facing the same challenges, on a much smaller scale, that plague the entire planet.
A glimpse into the real Hawaii as two local teenagers find common ground by overcoming their pride and accepting each other’s help. Small, guarded steps are taken in their awkward attempts at expressing an interest in each other.