ISLAND EARTH

Directed by: Cyrus Sutton 2016 | 63 min.

Section: Made In Hawaii

Premiere: Work in Progress Screening

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Synopsis

Hawaii is a microcosm for both the world’s food problems and solutions. More GMO seeds are grown on Hawaii, per acre, than anywhere in the United States. It also has the highest food prices in the nation. Yet, just 200 years ago, Hawaiians had one of the most advanced organic farming systems ever documented.

This film joins a current crop of anti-GMO documentaries, but is surprisingly well balanced, presenting the thesis that the science is not the problem, it’s big business and government alliances and skyrocketing corporate profits that are the problems, with catastrophic results.

ISLAND EARTH follows the lives of a handful of Hawaiians — Malia Chun is a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and educator living on Kauai, who joined the anti-GMO movement after her children became sick from GMO crops heavily saturated with pesticides; Cliff Kapono is a Kamehameha Schools graduate who is finishing up a PhD in Chemistry with the hope to use his degree to be a positive force in local Hawaiian agribusiness, but discovers that there is more to the issue than meets the eye; and Dustin Barca is a former pro surfer and MMA fighter living on Kauai, who decides to run for Mayor after being unimpressed by local government officials and their ties with GMO corporations.

ISLAND EARTH follows their respective journeys, as these Native Hawaiians seek to use the wisdom of the past to make Hawaii a beacon of hope for an uncertain future.
-Anderson Le

This film will be presented as a double feature with POISONING PARADISE AND THE REVOLUTION TO SAVE HAWAII.

Screenings

Sunday, November 06 2:15 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Plays with:  POISONING PARADISE + ISLAND EARTH POISONING PARADISE
Tuesday, November 08 3:15 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Plays with:  POISONING PARADISE + ISLAND EARTH POISONING PARADISE

Cast & Crew

Director Cyrus Sutton
Producer Gabriela Aoun, Annabel Pirrie, Cyrus Sutton
Cast Dustin Barca, Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono
Cinematographer Cliff Endsley, Sam Kapoi, Cliff Kapono, Cyrus Sutton
Editor Cyrus Sutton, Asaka Ushio
Writer Cyrus Sutton
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