Indie Lens Pop-Up | EATING UP EASTER
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Threatened by climate change and globalization, tiny Easter Island provides a wake-up call for the rest of the world. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, EATING UP EASTER explores the challenges Rapa Nui faces, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and environment against a modernizing society and booming tourism trade.
What might we learn from Rapa Nui, as we confront this uniquely global problem? How can we collectively support one another, our communities, and our earth?
Join us for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up interactive live chat and online screening of EATING UP EASTER, featuring a live stream Q&A and community-led breakout discussions on topics such as responsible tourism and our National Parks, environmental sustainability in New Jersey, and more.
ABOUT THE FILM
EATING UP EASTER by Director/Producer Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Producer/Writer Elena Rapu
More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. EATING UP EASTER explores the challenges Rapa Nui is facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a modernizing society and booming tourism trade.
This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up in collaboration with Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement, Basin PBS, Charitable Film Network, Georgia Public Broadcasting, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kansas City Public Library, KIXE, MontanaPBS, National Conference for Community & Justice, New Hampshire PBS, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Pickford Film Center, The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck International Film Festival, Toki Rapa Nui, United Nations Association of the USA, WCTE, WKAR, and WSIU Public Broadcasting.
With support from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kartemquin Films, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Plastic Oceans International, and PBS.
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Eating Up Easter
More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a modernizing society and booming tourism trade.
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- Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together — both in-person and virtually— for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.
- Jody Shiroma
- Lindsey Foat - Kansas City Public Library
- Beth Spezia
- Georgia Public Broadcasting
- Sergio Mata’u Rapu
Sergio Mata’u Rapu is the director/ producer of EATING UP EASTER. He is native Rapanui and the only Easter Islander working in production in an English speaking country. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought-provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.
- Elena Rapu
Elena Rapu is the producer/writer of EATING UP EASTER and an anthropologist. She is passionate about exploring the complex realities faced by living cultures as they grow and change in a globalized world.
- Mahani Teave
Mahani Teave is the first classical pianist from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and one of the main character in EATING UP EASTER. She began playing piano at the age of 9 under the instruction of the only music teacher on the island. She went on to study in Valdivia’s Conservatory in Chile, at the Cleveland Institute of Music in USA and Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Germany. She has played concerts throughout Chile, Europe and Asia. In 2012, Mahani and a team of young Rapanui professionals started TOKI RAPA NUI, an arts and cultural center that provides children and young adults classes in classical and traditional music, language, and other art forms while promoting healthy and sustainable practices on Rapa Nui.
- Rachel Bowen Pittman
Rachel Bowen Pittman serves as Executive Director of UNA-USA, a grassroots movement of more than 20,000 Americans in over 200 chapters across the U.S. who are dedicated to supporting the work of the United Nations in communities, on campuses, and on Capitol Hill. Rachel works to maximize UNA-USA’s advocacy impact by guiding the strategic vision for the organization, overseeing membership expansion, and managing partnerships. Rachel works closely with UNA-USA’s National Council and Affinity Group leadership to spearhead new initiatives that support a strong U.S.-UN partnership.
- Leanne Kaʻiulani Ferrer
Leanne Kaʻiulani Ferrer is the Executive Director of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). She is an award-winning filmmaker and has more than 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. Leanne has been with PIC for 12 years where she is responsible for the overall health of the organization while building networks and strategic partnerships. She is the Founding Board President of Hawai‘i Woman in Filmmaking, on the Steering Committee of Good Pitch Local - Hawai'i and a member of the Hawaii Media and Entertainment Industry Round Table.
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