In August 1993, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina spent twelve days capturing on video the proceedings Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples' International Tribunal Hawai‘i.
- Joan Lander
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Politics & Government, Crime & Justice
- 84 Minutes
In August 1993, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina spent twelve days capturing on video the proceedings Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples' International Tribunal Hawai‘i, 1993, in which the United States and the state of Hawai‘i were put on trial for crimes against the original people of Hawai‘i, the Kānaka Maoli.
A panel of international judges was convened to hear the charges, which included genocide, ethnocide, the taking of our sovereign government and the destruction of our environment.
During those days of testimony, the Tribunal traveled to five islands to see and hear firsthand the words and personal experiences of witnesses, many of whom faced arrest and eviction from native lands.
Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina ("The Eyes of the Land") are an independent video production team that focuses on the land and the people of Hawai'i and the Pacific. Documenting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, politics, history, language, and the environment, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina is committed to giving voice to the current movement toward recognition of Hawaiian independence.
- "We Are Sovereign" award - Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival
- Native American Film & Video Festival - National Museum of American Indian - NYC
- Hawaiʻi International Film Festival
- Shades of Power Festival - San Francisco
- Pacific Island Images - Hawaiʻi - Samoa - Guam
- Asian American Film Festival - Washington, D.C.
- Seattle Human Rights Film Festival
- United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples - Geneva
- International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - Sweden
- National Museum - Copenhagen
- Hui Naʻauao Sovereignty Education Campaign - Hawaiʻi
"The Tribunal is by award-winning video makers Puhipau and Joan Lander. They have devoted their lives to chronicling the plight of Native Hawaiians. The Tribunal is a strong addition to their growing body of documentary and advocacy work. The story needs to be told."
Peter Rosegg, Honolulu Advertiser