Focus-In! Films Presents “State of Aloha” | May Film of the Month
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | May 06,2012 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Focus-In! Films presents "State of Aloha" as its May Film of the Month and in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Sun. 5/6/12 7-9pm @ Busboys and Poets Hyattsville (MD)
Sun. 5/13/12 8-10pm @ Busboys and Poets 14th & V (DC)
Sun. 5/20/12 7-9pm @ Busboys and Poets Shirlington (VA)
Sun. 5/27/12 8-10pm @ Busboys and Poets 5th & K (DC)

All screenings are free and open to all. Dinner service will be available throughout the screening.

Watch the trailer here.

Directed and produced by Anne Misawa ("Treeless Mountain", Hawaii International Film Festival 2008), "State of Aloha" traces the journey of Hawai'i's fifty years of statehood through over thirty key interviews. Interviewees cover a representative span of the Hawai'i population, including witnesses from the political arena, arts and entertainment, business, and academia. "State of Aloha" represents the culmination of a larger research project entitled the Hawai'i Statehood Project, prepared by the University of Hawai'i's Academy for Creative Media back in 2004. In addition, the film provided an opportunity for ACM students to work alongside professionals on all aspects of production. Anchored by personal stories, the motivating paths toward statehood are addressed as well as the legacy left behind.

"State of Aloha" is in reference to Reverend Akaka's sermon on March 13, 1959 -- "The fears Hawai’i may have are to be met by men and women who are living witnesses of what we really are in Hawai’i, of the spirit of Aloha, men and women who can help unlock the doors to the future... For any collective anxiety, the answer is collective courage."


Focus-In! Films: Cinema for a Conscious Community is a Busboys and Poets-produced monthly film series that screens films with a focus dedicated to social justice, peace, art, music, and/or community value. Films are screened one time per location with no admission cost.

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