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Pacific Basin Institute to Co-Sponsor International Film Forum in Honolulu

The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College is co-sponsoring the “Cultural Forum Through Film” from August 7-9 at the Doris Duke Theater in Honolulu.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the forum will showcase seven films from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Canada. Each screening will be followed by a discussion about the contemporary cultural and social issues underlying the work.

The films cover a wide range of issues, providing attendees a fascinating look into the contemporary struggles of Oceania. The festival also provides a platform for lesser-known Pacific Rim filmmakers.

“Often, we focus so much on Asia that we forget about the Pacific, so this is a way of exposing the whole region to Pomona and the PBI’s commitment to the Pacific region,” said PBI president Dru Gladney. "This film festival represents PBI's ongoing commitment to helping to increase exposure to Pacific Basin films and culture.”

PBI provided the primary start-up funding for the festival last year. Now, in its second year, the festival attracted several other sponsors and is nearly self-supporting. Gladney says that PBI’s role in the festival this year has been to help promote the festival among Pomona alumni and friend, support the film selection process and co-host the opening reception.

The Pacific Basin Institute has served as a bridge between the United States and East and Southeast Asia for 30 years, sponsoring interdisciplinary conferences, workshops and study groups exploring aspects of the growing Asia/Pacific community. The Institute and its unique film archive and production facilities play an integral role in the life and academic activities of the College.

The Doris Duke Theater is located at 900 South Beretania Street in Honolulu. Free tickets will be made available 30 minutes before each screening on a first come, first served basis. For more information, including movie times, visit the Honolulu Academy’s website at http://www.honoluluacademy.org.--Travis Kaya '10