Jorge dropped out of school to help his family, picking lettuce in the fields of Salinas, California, for five years. Rancho Cielo brought him back to school and a pathway to better job opportunities.
Break Your Bassface
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Los Angeles duo Indradevi, the ferocious new face of high octane electronic music, lashes out with a unique incarnation of drum n' bass, jungle, hip hop and industrial with an unexpected injection of Southeast Asia. Following a successful club tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, the duo hit the studio to produce their first record.
Indradevi's debut album "A Thousand Tomorrows" calls to mind the frenetic energy of The Prodigy balanced by the cinematic melancholia of The Glitch Mob, all served with generous helpings of classic melodies and tones from Southeast Asia.
Barong and Rangda of Indradevi were initially inspired by Cambodian rock n' roll of the 1960's and 1970's, particularly by singers Ros Serey Sothea and Sinn Sisamouth. Sadly, most Cambodian musicians of this era were murdered by the Khmer Rouge regime during the genocide of 1975-1979. "A Thousand Tomorrows" is dedicated to the memory of these musicians.
ITVS / Pacific Islanders in Communications / PBS Hawaiʻi
Filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Christen's family deteriorated when her mother Elena was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as a young girl she moved to Seattle with her father and brothers. After nearly 20 years of living in the continental U.S., Christen returns to Hawai'i to learn the meaning of her incredibly long Hawaiian name from her estranged mother.
In Hawaiian culture, you don't give a name, you haku inoa. Haku means "to weave," and inoa is the Hawaiian word for "name." For Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), a name is often considered a sacred extension of a person's identity. Words are artfully woven together to create a poem celebrating the namesake's heritage and destiny. Elena created Christen's name and is the only person who knows its true meaning.
Christen doggedly pursues this piece of her identity, struggling through tears and misunderstandings to unlock the mystery not only of her name, but also of her mother.
E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name
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PBS / WGBH Boston
Join the countdown as Savanna is racing to finish her work – with just two weeks left before graduation day.
As the days pass, Savanna is also counting down the last assignments she needs to complete so she can join her classmates on Graduation Day. Her school, Rosie the Riveter Charter High School, is supporting her as she aims to be the first in her family to get a high school diploma.
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Uncle Chuck Maples (Kanaka Maoli) shares his fishing experiences and knowledge gained growing up in Laie Malo`o, Hawai`i. To check out more community stories from Southern California's diverse Pacific Islander community check out:
Audience Award Best Feature LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
Best Cinematography LA Asian Film Festival
Two Shadows launches Cambodian-American hipster wannabe Sovanna (SOPHEA PEL) into an unexpected odyssey of self-discovery. After she opens a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.