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Kama’āina (Child of the Land)

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee

Bonus Q&A with this filmmaker for ticket holders of the SHORTS: BE/LONGING program!

Blending fiction and reality, Mahina, a queer Native Hawaiian teenager is unhoused and navigates a life of stolen phones, candy bars hidden in Slurpee cups, and the enthusiasm of volunteers. That is, until she meets Auntie Twinkle and the radical miracle of Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae, a Hawai’i unlike anything we have seen.

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Shorts that probe the soft spots of belonging-to and longing-for a place in the world.