Cane Fire

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The Hawaiian island of Kaua'i is seen as a paradise of leisure and pristine natural beauty, but these escapist fantasies obscure the colonial displacement, hyper-exploitation of workers and destructive environmental extraction that have actually shap... more
The Hawaiian island of Kaua'i is seen as a paradise of leisure and pristine natural beauty, but these escapist fantasies obscure the colonial displacement, hyper-exploitation of workers and destructive environmental extraction that have actually shaped life on the island for the last 250 years. Cane Fire critically examines the island's history - and the various strategies by which Hollywood has represented it - through four generations of director Anthony Banua-Simon's family, who first immigrated to Kaua'i from the Philippines to work on the sugar plantations. Assembled from a diverse array of sources - from Banua-Simon's observational footage, to amateur YouTube travelogues, to epic Hollywood dance sequences - Cane Fire offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the economic and cultural forces that have cast Indigenous and working-class residents as "extras" in their own story.
GENRE: Documentary
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RUN TIME: 90 minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2022
STARRING: John Allen , Bam Bam , Anthony Banua-Simon , Lex Barker , Henry Bermoy
DIRECTOR(S): Anthony Banua-Simon
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WRITER(S): Anthony Banua-Simon, Michael Vass
STUDIO: Cinema Guild
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