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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

RESISTANCE FILM 'Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i'

NOHO HEWA: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i
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Censored News congratulates Native Hawaiian filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly for her documentary, NOHO HEWA: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i, exposing the United States' illegal occupation, colonization and ethnic cleansing on this island homeland of Native Hawaiians.
The film captured Best Documentary Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival, 2008 and is the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Festival International du Film Documentaire de Oceanien, Tahiti, 2010.

Joleen Oshiro of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin said, "It conveys knowledge that resonates in the heart as well as the mind."
Albert Wendt, Maori artist and author of Sons for the Return Home, also praised the film. “NOHO HEWA is a brilliant, incisive, and complex exposé of colonialism (American and other) and its devastating effects on Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaii, and their land," Wendt said.
"After you see this film you will never again believe the lies and myths perpetuated about Hawaii by successive American governments, non-Hawaiian historians, writers, filmmakers, the tourism industry, and others.”

'Noho Hewa' is the first Native Hawaiian produced film of the 21st century to document the Hawaiian resistance to the U.S. occupation of their country. Produced and directed by independent journalist and filmmaker, Anne Keala Kelly, it looks at desecration of sacred sites and burials, and how the U.S. policies, via the military, the GMO industry and tourism use desecration as a colonial tool of ethnic cleansing.
Keala's work focuses on Hawaiian political and cultural issues, indigenous peoples and the environment. In 2008, she co-produced “The Other Hawai’i,” for Al Jazeera English’s “Inside USA,” and she was a Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006 - 2007. Keala has filed stories from her home in Hawai’i, as well as Kathmandu and Geneva, and her articles, editorials and essays have been published in the Honolulu Advertiser, The Nation, American Indian Quarterly, the Honolulu Weekly and other journals. She has produced features and documentaries for the Pacifica Network’s Free Speech Radio News and NPR’s The Environment Report.
Go to to purchase a copy of the DVD and support the film’s distribution. In Hawaiian language, the word HEWA means wrong, in the world of film and media, NOHO HEWA tells the truth about what is happening to the Hawaiian people and their homeland.

If you would like to arrange a public screening for your community or campus please send inquiries to nohohewa@
Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has kindly offered to donate 10 percent of sales to Censored News, if you mention you read about it here. Thank you.

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