Three films which highlight videomakers Puhipau and Joan Lander who since 1974, operated as Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“the eyes of the land”), a documentary collective that saw in media production a means of anti-colonial knowledge-making. This is public media as political media, independent cinema as a sovereign cinema. Their videography of over 100 documentaries is unparalleled, an archive as explosive as ever and an essential contribution to global indigenous cinema.
For too many, our Asian elders are inscrutable faces and frail street crawlers. For us, they are keepers of desires and memories. These four films invigorate some of their stories, hidden in plain sight in the annals of Asian American cinema.