Engage in this film-and-dialogue series featuring movies and documentaries that spotlight challenging issues such as race, sexuality, economics, poverty and culture. Each screening is followed by a conversation between film scholars, subject experts and you!
Theme: First Voices: Indigenous Experiences
Whether dealing with the adversities of the past or present, today’s Indigenous voices remain strong as they advocate for their history and culture.
OUT OF STATE | 79 minutes, NR (strong language), 2017
In 2007, the state of Hawaii –– short on funds and space –– outsourced the care of roughly two thousand of its male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison on the continental U.S. Now, deep in the desert of Arizona, exiled thousands of miles across the ocean from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances while behind bars.
As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate back home in Hawaii. OUT OF STATE explores complex questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement.
Following the film, join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and OUT OF STATE’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.