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.
After the screening of Mele Murals, join us for a Q&A with Filmmaker Tad Nakamura.
Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He collaborated with ʻŌiwi TV, Hawaii's first and only indigenous television network, to make Mele Murals and his prior documentary, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. His films on the Japanese American experience –Yellow Brotherhood, Pilgrimage, and A Song for Ourselves– have garnered over 20 awards.