Cinema and the Pacific 'Other' – Panel Discussion

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Cinema and the Pacific 'Other' – Panel Discussion


Saturday Oct 19 02:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Over the last 32 years, HIFF’s programming has focused on films about the Pacific Rim produced by filmmakers from the Pacific Rim. In this special scholar-based panel discussion accompanying the Pacific Retrospective Film Program series, the Festival examines 20th-century representations and depictions of the South Pacific through a western lens. Over the last 100 years, many of the films featured in the retrospective program were influential in shaping western perceptions of the Pacific and it’s people. At a time when indigenous Pacific film is beginning to flourish, HIFF believes it is important to explore the history of the relationship between cinema and the South Pacific region. Panel topics will include representations of the Other, exoticism, and stereotypes such as the “noble savage” with a focus on films presented in the retrospective film program.

Moderator Vilsoni Hereniko, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa professor and filmmaker, leads a lively discussion with three panelists—New Zealand scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh, Los Angeles–based filmmaker Arthur Dong (Hollywood Chinese), Hawaii Pacific University professor Houston Wood, and Alice Somerville, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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