Updated Mon, Mar 26, 2012 2:25 pm
New anthology series from Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and PBS Hawaii
brings oral storytelling tradition to television
HONOLULU – Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) proudly announces the release of Pacific Heartbeat, a new anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. Pacific Heartbeat will premiere in primetime on the WORLD Channel Sunday, April 1, at 9 pm.
Pacific Heartbeat comes to Public Television in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and is presented and distributed by Boston-based American Public Television. It is an unprecedented collection of critically acclaimed documentaries centered on the Pacific Islander experience. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the five-part series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
“While images of island paradise are familiar to many Americans, less is known about the real stories of the people of the Pacific Islands, the unique lessons that can be found within these cultures and the contemporary challenges they face,” says Ruth Bolan, Executive Director of PIC. “This series showcases a region of the world that has not been visible to a broader North American audience. Pacific Heartbeat will entertain and enlighten viewers and take them to places they have never visited before.”
Pacific Heartbeat includes the following critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries: Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love), in which a legendary Hawaiian composer, inspired by the ancient battle cry of his royal ancestor, collaborates with a brilliant ensemble of musicians to create a multicultural concert masterpiece; Papa Mau: The Wayfinder, which recounts the fundamental role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in reawakening Polynesian pride by teaching Hawaiians the dying art of traditional voyaging without the aid of instruments; There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho, which tells the story of a Pacific Island community that must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to stay on their beloved island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, as their home is destroyed by climate change; Under a Jarvis Moon, which reveals the untold stories of teenage Hawaiian boys who were sent on a clandestine mission to occupy deserted islands in the middle of the Pacific prior to World War II; Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar, which showcases rousing performances and rare interviews with ‘ukulele and slack key guitar masters abound at the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, held annually in Hawaii’s cowboy country.
“For Pacific Islanders, oral storytelling has always been an important part of conveying history to the next generation,” says Leanne Ferrer, Program Director of PIC. “By preserving these stories through the language of film, we preserve our heritage.”