Directed by: Nathan Fitch 2017 | 85 min.

Section: Pacific Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Hawaii Council for the Humanities

Pacific Islanders in Communications

As part of HIFF’s Film For Thought program, the first screening of this film will be followed by an extended scholar-led Q&A discussion with the filmmakers to be hosted by Lola Quan Bautista, associate professor at the University of Hawai‘i Center for Pacific Island Studies.

ISLAND​ ​SOLDIER​ ​is​ ​a​ ​feature​ ​documentary​ ​that​ ​interweaves​ ​the​ ​personal​ ​stories​ ​of Micronesian​ ​soldiers​ ​serving​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US​ ​military​ ​and​ ​the​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​their​ ​families​ ​back​ ​home​ ​in the​ ​islands.

We​ journey​ ​from​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​remote​ ​islands​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​to​ ​the​ ​front​ ​lines​ ​of​ ​war​ ​in Afghanistan​ ​in​ ​2013.​ ​These​ ​non-US​ ​citizens​ ​mostly​ ​serve​ ​in​ ​the​ ​infantry​ ​and​ ​have​ ​extremely high​ ​casualty​ ​rates,​ ​dying​ ​at​ ​a​ ​rate​ ​that​ ​is​ ​five​ ​times​ ​higher​ ​than​ ​that​ ​of​ ​fellow​ ​soldiers​ ​born​ ​in the​ ​50​ ​states.​ ​In​ ​following​ ​the​ ​odyssey​ ​of​ ​young​ ​men​ ​from​ ​the​ ​island​ ​of​ ​Kosrae,​ ​we​ ​glimpse​ ​an intimate​ ​perspective​ ​from​ ​parents​ ​grappling​ ​with​ ​the​ ​absence​ ​of​ ​their​ ​precious​ ​children, humanizing​ ​the​ ​repercussions​ ​of​ ​America's​ ​foreign​ ​wars,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​changing​ ​fabric​ ​of​ ​a​ ​small island​ ​nation​ ​on​ ​the​ ​brink​ ​of​ ​economic​ ​and​ ​environmental​ ​collapse.

Told through the intimate personal odyssey of the Nenas, a family strives for their piece of the “American Dream”, and dealing with the consequences of military service against the backdrop of a pristine Pacific island on the brink of economic collapse.



Friday, November 03 8:15 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Sunday, November 05 1:45 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Nathan Fitch
Producer Bryan Chang, Fivel Rothberg, Nathan Fitch
Cast Mario Robles
Cinematographer Nathan Fitch
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