One cannot know himself without knowing where he comes from. A Rapanui filmmaker explores his identity through memories of his homeland and his ancestors.
Sergio Mata‘u Rapu was born to a Rapanui father and American mother on the tiny island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile). He grew up speaking English and Spanish while learning the traditions of his Polynesian culture. In his later childhood Sergio and his family moved to Hawai‘i where he graduated from Punahou School. He attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and received a B.A. in Television Production.
Currently, Sergio works as a freelance Director, DP, and Editor. In 2006, he established Mara Films, a production company specializing in ethnographic narrative films and documentaries. He has received numerous credits in independent and experimental films, several documentaries, and a variety of commercial and industrial projects.
Through his work, Sergio aims to provide a voice for the Rapanui and other indigenous peoples. In doing so, he hopes these stories will educate and inspire his audience to think beyond their own lives and experience the world through the eyes of indigenous cultures.
To learn more about Sergio and Mara Films please visit marafilms.com