Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Venue: Camera 3
Time: 5:30 pm

Mele Murals     

Tadashi Nakamura / USA / Documentary / 2016 / 66 mins


Renowned graffiti artists Estria Miyashiro and John Hina travel to the rural town of Waimea, Hawaii, a community that has experienced the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture. When the artists try to engage the students of a school in a mural project, they react skeptically at first. But through the painting process, the youth learn to meld ancient Hawaiian traditions with hip-hop-infused graffiti art. Mele Murals examines the complexities of contemporary Native Hawaiian cultural identity and the transformative power of art.