Two Kinds of Love is a short film that addresses dating violence, LGBTQ relationships, digital abuse and violence prevention. The film supports secondary prevention through a realistic depiction of dating violence as it happens, including bystander behavior. Educators have used the film to address stopping violence before it starts as well as examining healthy relationships and stereotypes. This film was produced with the financial support of the Verizon Foundation.
The Pit (2018)
A dramatic short film, The Pit Where We Were Born is a cautionary tale and meditation on drug abuse, familial control, and the sometimes destructive nature of healing.
A REFUGEE FROM WAR LEADS A PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE
An ancient Sri Lankan tradition, the padayatra (foot journey) is a sacred tradition reinforced each year by pilgrims who walk for more than forty days to the fabulous temple at Kataragama. In this deeply immersive documentary short, we follow world-famous copper artist Sooriya as he returns to his homeland after nearly forty years to lead a diverse group of pilgrims on a spiritual awakening as they use the padayatra to find inner silence and the nature of their true selves.
Watch the film's teaser trailer and learn more about this unique, international film, at the Project Website → Sacred Journey
HONORING THE WAHINE HOLO LIO
Pā‘ū, follows a multigenerational horse-riding unit as it embarks on a year-long preparation to represent the island of Ni‘ihau during the 100th anniversary of the King Kamehameha floral parade celebration.
Their effort, set against the backdrop of this important milestone, is interwoven with historical wisdom and recollections from previous pā‘ū riders and paniolo, all of whom guide this cultural practice into its next century.
Learn how you can support this film by visiting the Project Website → Pau Rider
Writer / Director Matthew Nagato’s first two films were documentaries in the broadest sense but they were also inspirational calls to action, showcasing the power of individuals and their communities to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
After exploring the ways in which health and education are integral to the future of Hawaii, his final documentary on social determinants will focus on the most perilous challenge Hawaii faces as an island community: affordable housing and homelessness.
Ke Kohola no ma Maluhia Honua (2020)
This documentary chronicles the Ke Kohola no ma Maluhia Honua (Whale for World Peace) project, undertaken by the Mouna Farm Arts & Cultural Village Foundation. Working with the greater community of Hawai'i and the world, its creator Sooriya hopes to bring aloha, unity, peace, harmony, compassion, and planetary healing through the creation of his art: the world's largest whale sculpture, brought to life by the hands of Wai'anae's children and the support of the multinational community in Hawai'i, exemplifying the Aloha spirit and humanity's cooperative nature.
For information on how you can support the project, visit Kohola Ola
Summers Matter (2021)
EXPLORING THE MOST PIVOTAL TIME IN A CHILD'S EDUCATION
Nearly half of America's children, particularly those in lower-income families, spend their summers inactive and uninspired. Already suffering from a variety of educational disadvantages, these children fall even further behind during the three months that school is out. The cumulative effect of this 'summer slide' over the years of a child's schooling is devastating, but not inevitable.
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