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First Thursdays Film Series: American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai‘i & Na Kamalei: The Men Of Hula

“American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai‘i,” is NYU-alumna Lisette Kaualena Flanary’s feature documentary that broadcast nationally on the award winning non-fiction showcase P.O.V. on PBS in 2003. The film focuses on the hula dance and the Hawaiian community living on the mainland in California. Her new film “Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula” goes beyond deep-rooted stereotypes of “grass-skirt girls.” Flanary’s lens captures the journey of legendary master hula teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male school in Hawai‘i as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest hula festival. Blending dance and culture with the personal stories of the men, the film tells a story of Hawaiian pride as they celebrate their 30th anniversary continuing the revival of men dancing the hula.

Featuring a Q&A with director Lisette Kaualena Flanary following the screening.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 2nd

Co-sponsored by: Series co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History/Center for Religion and Media.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101
New York, NY 10003 United States
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