Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii on October 9, 2008 · 50
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Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii · 50

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
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V .1 -1 9 f i i 1 I A "ii pa n . .... . COURTESY HIFF Patey Mink, shown with President Lyndon Johnson, was a maverick of her time. Bold lawmaker transcends movie's rough delivery "PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY" Hawaii . Directed by Kimberlee Bassford Screens 7 p.m. Oct 12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 18 CONSERVATIVES like to say, "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger," but that goes for liberals as well, especially the particularly feisty, combative types like Patsy Takemoto Mink, the very antithesis of a wimp. This utilitarian documentary-blo of Mink's life makes it clear that she not only overcame every ismhallenge thrown her way racism, sexism, neightism, ageism and that peculiar Hawali-is-part-of-the-U.S.?-ism she managed to incorporate the challenges into her personal P 1 . e Process aidlng all Americans. Her enduring legacy s the Title XI amendment to the Higher Education Act, which made federally funded schools equal-opportunity institutions. The review screener of "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority," created by Kahala resident and filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford, was extremely rough but the work-in-progress shows a reflective, . u 7 C .f Mink's Iife' career md influence upon modern history, it doesn t pull any punches either, particularly when going oyer her fa lings-out with the old boys of Hawaii Democratic officials. This Is one of those films in which the subject outshines the production values. JL?u "I h?Jife was a series of hurdles 'eap over, beginning .w tlne.Mau-bo'n Japanese-American winning an election as stuff Ipresident iust a few montns after the attack on Pearl fafin;reUn,ued careers ,n healtn and in 'aw, not getting very 3ct 1 i . u ause she dWlrt it the m(ld- She returned to Hawaii k&w A be drafted ,nt0 the "Democratic Revolution" of the polltfcs Particular talents turned out to be tailor-made for Which, frankly, was lucky not just for her. but for all of us. - B.B. 'Noho Hewa' puts in context the struggle of modern Hawaiians "NOHO HEWA: THE WRONGFUL OCCUPATION OF HAWAII" Hawaii Directed by Anne Keala Kelly Screens at 6:15 p.m. Monday, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 6:45 p.m. Oct. 19 12 Ni 'OHO Hewa" opens with this excerpt from the poem "Hawaii" by activist Hnllnanl-Kav -v i rasK: "... Haole plover plundering the archipelago of our world, And we, gorging ourselves on lost shells blowing a tourist conch Into the wounds of catastrophe." The poem is a most fitting summary of the film (an uncompleted version was viewed for this re- KITS ''t- '" , view), which explicitly Illustrates mai me pnenomenon of colonial- Ism extends beyond the physical occupation of the land or replacement of the culture. Trask In fact goes so far as describing the strife facing Hawaiians as ethnic cleansing, adding "ethnic cleansing isn't just something that they do physically to people, it's something that happens In the mind." To explain this concept, producer and director Anne Keala Kelly uses examples of colonialism in Hawaii bombings at Makua, the clumsy handling of burial sites during development, homelessness contrasted with the construction of multimillion-dollar gated communities and illuminates them with discourse by numerous Hawaiian academics and activists. The destruction of the Hawaiian way of life used to look like a missionary holding a bible. This is what It looks like in the 21st century says Mlkahala Roy of Kulana . ? nnUa' f ,ootae of construe Hon rolls on the screen. In response to homeless Hawaiians being evicted from public beaches, Trask says, "That's just what ethnic cleansing establishes . You have no place to live. You there h0me YU're not . For those uneducated about the lssues"NohoHewa"addre7ses Hawaiian activists can appear to be unduly angry, their causes rWl. lously unrealistic. But in taking? cause, the film does an excellent Job of providing context to their Kem,nd.-S Would JcSu PRIVE. Ovit-r a , V-- - ' A i m ill tSj'JfJ Site COURTESY HIFP i,t i, ft i, ) I I, I. i i y t,t, ,n ' ' " f Hawaiian activists stand up for their beliefs in "Noho Hewa." ' ' t i mi It : i t , t 114 1

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