Works in the Production Pipeline
Wahine O Ke Kai / Women of the Sea (working title)
LOGLINE: Two indigenous women wayfinders bond together over a unique double-hulled voyaging canoe, the potential loss of this three thousand year old tradition and the future of our planet as the ocean changes.
SYNOPSIS: For thousands of years the inhabitants of the largest ocean in the world, the vast Moana Nui (Pacific Ocean) have been skilled wayfinders, navigating without compass, sextant or GPS. Instead Pacific Islanders seafarers looked to the stars, observed ocean currents, felt the winds and followed the path of birds. In the 20th century, this fragile sailing tradition and the vital indigenous knowledges embedded in the cultural practice were almost lost in many parts of Moana Nui, until revitalized by the efforts of master practitioners determined to pass on their knowledge. Organizations like the Polynesian Voyaging Society committed to the perpetuation of this most foundational of our Pacific Island heritage.
Today the tradition continues but the question remains – who will continue the legacy into the future while continuing to use Hōkūle‘a and the many Pacific canoes it has helped to revitalize as beacons of light and hope in a world that has forgotten its basic values aloha ‘āina and malama o ke kai, taking care of our land and sea – and each other?
Wahine O Ke Kai / Women of the Sea (working title), a one hour documentary, will focus on the lives of two women wayfinders – Navigator Kaʻiulani Murphy and Captain Pomai Bertelmann, and their magnificent feat sailing the storied double-hulled canoe Hōkūleʻa, and its crew members from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi, retracing history and inspiring young girls everywhere to follow in their footsteps. Their sacrifice and tireless work to bring Hōkūleʻa safely home has laid a powerful foundation for revitalizing our future and demonstrates how indigenous knowledge must again play a central role in our understanding of and ability to live in harmony with our planet Earth.
Genre: Documentary/Native Hawaiian
Production Phase: Research & Development
Producer/Director: Heather Haunani Giugni
(NIA TERO: Native Stand Fellowship for EFM-Berlinale Native Fellows Toolbox)
USA/WhatsApp: +01 (808) 864-7211
Director/Producer: Ty Sanga (Sundance Native Lab Fellowship)
A co-production of Rock Salt Media and Kūmau Productions
SEEKING: Initial funding for a trailer; Production funding; Co-Producer; Distribution