EATING UP EASTER
FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING!
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
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.