Island Breeze to perform blessing, traditional protocol at NDHRFF

October 21, 2022

FARGO, N.D. (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022) – Following a filmmaker workshop at the Plains Art Museum, a community luncheon and panel discussion at the Fargo Public Library, and an afternoon screening of films, the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival returns to the historic Fargo Theatre on Wednesday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. for our feature presentation and the regional premiere of the narrative film, THE WIND AND THE RECKONING. All events are free and open to the public.

THE WIND AND THE RECKONING reveals the real-life story of a Native Hawaiian ranching family that defies the newly established colonial government and faces down American mercenaries rather than have their freedoms callously ripped away. For the first time in a feature film, the Battle of Kalalau unfolds through the eyes of the islands’ indigenous people as they take a stand against oppression.

Special guest Island Breeze will join the festival before the film for a blessing, traditional protocol, and gift exchange with local Indigenous leaders. Following the film, Island Breeze will provide additional performances for audiences.

Island Breeze is Hawaiʻi Island’s most popular Polynesian production company, provides Hawaiʻiʻs finest lū’au shows and custom events.  It was founded in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Built on the principles that cultures of indigenous people(s) have valuable contributions in every sphere of society – their vision is to share the dignity and authenticity of our Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures and expressions.

Since its beginning in 1989, Island Breeze has grown to become an international organization with worldwide tours throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. The Cultural production features Hawaiʻi, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga dancers.

At home in Hawaiʻi, Island Breeze produces four award-winning performance troupes: the Island Breeze Lū’au – He ‘Ohana Kakou at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Resort, the Hawai’iloa show at The Fairmont Orchid Hawai’i, the Hale Hoaloha performance at the Mauna Lani Resort by Auberge and the Lee of Hualālai private shows at the Four Seasons Resort at Hualālai.

With more than 30 years of experience in indigenous cultural education and the hospitality industry, Island Breeze offers Hawaiian enrichment cultural programs throughout the world.

ABOUT THE FILM:

1893.  The Hawaiian Kingdom has been overthrown by a Western power just as an outbreak of leprosy engulfs the tropical paradise.

As leprosy infections spread throughout the Native Hawaiian population, the newly imposed colonial government orders all Native Hawaiians suspected of being infected to be banished permanently to a remote colony on Moloka’i, known as ‘the island of the living grave.’

But when a local cowboy named Ko’olau (Jason Scott Lee) and his young son Kaleimanu (Kahiau Perreira) contract the dreaded disease, they refuse to surrender to authorities, sparking an armed clash with brutal white island authorities in which a sheriff is killed.

Now a hunted man, Ko’olau flees with his family to a hidden valley, where they join forces with another small band of refugees. Pursued by a group of mercenaries led by a ruthless former Civil War commander, the fugitives are cornered for a final skirmish that will make Ko’olau and his wife, Pi’ilani (Lindsay Marie Anuhea Watson), heroes for the ages in a story based on one of the most epic events in Hawaii’s history.

Based on real-life historical events as told through the memoirs of Pi’ilani herself.

Island Breeze and THE WIND AND THE RECKONING will be a part of The North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival’s evening events on Wednesday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be reserved for each session at the festival’s website, www.ndhrff.org. While not required, reservations are appreciated to help with seating counts.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is a program presented by the non-profit organization, The Human Family, a North Dakota based 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human-rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. The festival is a non-partisan event, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The festival is supported in part through grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fargo Arts and Culture Commission, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, and the Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.

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