OUT OF STATE
Dir. Ciara Lacy | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2017 | 82 min.
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Ciara Lacy
Native Hawaiian prisoners are shipped 3,000 miles across the ocean to a for-profit prison in the Arizona desert. For the first time, two of them learn about their indigenous traditions, from a fellow inmate who is serving a life sentence. In this unfamiliar and often hostile setting, they discover the fierce dances of their ancestors, connecting them to their homeland and people. Upon release they return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start, eager to prove that this experience has changed them. But like many formerly incarcerated men, they are forced to ask, can you ever really go home again?
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival