Indie Lens Pop-Up film: Eating Up Easter

Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Elena Rapu, Rachel Pittman
Indie Lens Pop-Up
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
7:00 pm
RSVP Required

Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is more than just a picture postcard of iconic stone statues. It’s a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that brings in money – but also waste – and a changing climate that threatens the Pacific island’s fragile ecology.

This modern dilemma is intimately explored in the 2018 documentary Eating Up Easter, featured in the latest online installment of the Indie Lens Pop-Up cinema initiative. The 70-minute film is screened, and filmmakers Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Elena Rapu – both island natives – lead a subsequent livestreamed discussion. They are joined by Rachel Pittman, executive director of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Eating Up Easter follows four Rapa Nui residents, all descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly evolving home. Their task reflects the tension between growth and sustainability faced by communities worldwide.

The online event is co-presented by the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial MovementAshé Cultural Arts CenterBasin PBSCharitable Film NetworkGeorgia Public BroadcastingGlobal Peace Film FestivalJohn Michael Kohler Arts CenterKIXEKMOS-TVMontanaPBSNew Hampshire PBSPanhandle PBSPBS Hawai‘iPickford Film CenterThe Puffin FoundationRed River TheatresRiverRun Films With ClassTeaneck International Film FestivalUnited Nations Association of the USAWCTE, and WSIU Public Broadcasting. Support comes from ITVS, the Corporation for Public BroadcastingKartemquin FilmsPacific Islanders in Communications, and PBS.

RSVP here to access the event.

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