Dir. Sergio Mata'u Rapu | Documentary | Chile / U.S.A. | 2018 | 1 hr. 10 min.

Spanish, with English subtitles

Preceded by a music performance by Woody Vanderhoop and the Black Brook Singers

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The VTA will also be running buses every hour, until 11:10 p.m.

For centuries, the monolithic mo’ai statues and sensationalized "mysteries" of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui (as its aboriginal Polynesian people and language are also known), have drawn curious visitors to its shores. Today, the tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boom as tourism skyrockets. Yet its indigenous culture and fragile environment are suffering. This film by native filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the dilemma his people are facing. Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, it intertwines history of the island with the stories of four islanders. The Rapa Nui reveal the reality of modern life—blessings or curses, depending on who is speaking.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - outdoors at the Aquinnah Circle


Sponsored by the Island Housing Trust. Co-presented by the Aquinnah Cultural Center.