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‘Mele Murals’ Documentary Screening

The image is a screen capture from the documentary 'Mele Murals' which shows an artist sitting on scaffolding in front of a mural.

Mele Murals Documentary Screening + Q&A with filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura

Thursday, February 23, 2017

4:00-5:30pm

Snowden Auditorium (Wheatley Hall, 1st Floor, Room 0088)

About the documentary:

Mele Murals follows two famous street artists, Estria Miyashiro and John Hina, on their journeys in reconnecting with their Hawaiian culture and giving back to the community. Through the intertwining of Native Hawaiian traditions and underground graffiti, the artists begin painting murals with a Waimea public charter school, Kanu o ka ‘Āina, as a way of preserving the identities and histories of the Native Hawaiian people. The school itself is known for focusing their education through Hawaiian traditions, pushing students to embrace their Hawaiian cultures and values. The word mele is Hawaiian for song or chant; Miyashiro and Hina guide the students in translating a mele into a visual painting. The project comes to have a profound impact not only on the artists, but on the new generation of Native Hawaiians.

About the filmmaker:

Tadashi Nakamura is fourth-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Los Angeles. Nakamura has a Master of Arts in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies from UCLA. As an award-winning filmmaker, Nakamura is a huge fan of hip hop and street art, leading to his interest of murals. As a result, he collaborated with ‘Ōiwi TV to tell the story of the native Hawaiian community in Mele Murals.

 

This event is co-sponsored by: Asian American Student Success Program, Asian American Studies Program, Transnational Cultural and Community Studies Program, Institute for Asian American Studies, Anthropology Department, Sociology Department

Part of the Spring 2017 Series on "Not My Normal: Resisting Systemic Oppression"

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.