PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA
Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA is a video poem about the ecologies, histories, politics, economies, and the cultures of the Ocean. The poem is written by Chamorro poet Craig Santos Perez and the video was created by Hawaiian filmmaker Justyn Ah Chong of Olonā Media.
Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Justyn Ah Chong, also known as Kaʻolonā, is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker. Justyn graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2011 with a B.A. in Film Production and a Minor in Business. Upon graduating, he returned to Hawaiʻi where he began working as a videographer and editor at ʻŌiwiTV – Hawaiʻi’s only indigenous television broadcasting network.
Director: Justyn Ah Chong
Writer: Craig Perez
Shorts Programs / 84 minsAloha! Ki Ora! Talofa! Hafa adai! These shorts made by the First Peoples of the Pacific represent a broad spectrum of themes and genres that deal with love, loss, culture clashes and connections. These are films made by Pacific Islanders about Pacific Islanders. - Anderson Le