KIPUKA - NEW BEGINNINGS

Directed by: Ai Iwane 2020 | 20 min.

Section: Made in Hawaii Shorts

Premiere: World Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: English, Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Documentary



Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Hawaii Film Office

Nichols Family Fund

AVAILABLE ONLINE NOV 5 - 29 | USA
INCLUDED PASSES: SUPPORTER | ALL ACCESS | LIMITED ACCESS

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“KIPUKA -New Beginnings” is about five abandoned Japanese Cemeteries in Hawaiʻi, and their grave keepers who share the memories, filmed entirely in Hawaiʻi. The story begins with the cemetery of Sentaro Ishii in Kipahulu Maui, a quiet site where the first immigrant from Japan was buried. This film shows the view of life and death, tracing the awareness of human entities surviving amidst repeated loss and elimination. From a cemeteries miraculous survival from lava flow in Pahoa, to the burial ground found in a sugar cane field at the time of the Hawaiʻi Commercial & Sugar Company closure, the film entitled KIPUKA describes as the meaning in Hawaiian, an oasis of vegetation surrounded by lava flow; a place where the seeds of new life spread. The images are connected with panoramic photos, which the director / photographer Ai Iwane visited and shot the sites with a 1930’s classic rotating panoramic camera called Kodak Cirkut. 


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POI DOG LESSONS
INDIE ARTISTS: SKATEBOARDING
38 MINUTES
CHARITY
HARANA
THE LONGING FADE
THE MAINLAND
BEYOND THE MAUNA
FINDING DOHI
KAPAEMAHU
HAWAIIAN SOUL
LONGING FOR HAWAI'I
RED HOUSE
MAUNAKEA: SACRED MOUNTAIN, SACRED CONDUCT

Cast & Crew

Sound Design and Mix Takehiko Watanabe
Director Ai Iwane
Producer Fumiko Horiuchi
Featuring Rodney Chin, Rev. Gensho Hara, Kuʻuipo Kanakaʻole, Kauʻi Kanakaʻole, Aiko Sato
Cinematographer Soichiro Hirabayashi, Ai Iwane
Editor Tomomi Kikuchi
Other Crew Akane Inoue
Music Jenny Scheinman
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