Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival: Rainbows Across the Pacific
Saturday, June 18, 2022
5:30 to 9 pm
Bishop Museum Great Lawn
General Admission: $15
Members: 50% discount
Pre-registration is highly recommended. Walk-ins will be admitted on a space-available basis.
In partnership with the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, Bishop Museum presents a curated series of short films that bring the stories of queer Pacific Islanders to life on screen. This diverse collection of narrative and documentary shorts will make you laugh, cry, and reconsider what it means to honor culture and traditions without giving up who you are. See film lineup below.
Gallery open | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Screening + post-screening Q&A | 7-9 p.m.
Join us for this outdoor screening on Bishop Museum’s Great Lawn. The screening will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers. Guests are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and mats as seating is limited! This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, on view in the Castle Memorial Building through Oct. 16, 2022. The gallery will be open for viewing prior to the screening.
Please note that tickets are non-refundable. The film will be shown, rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and portable chairs. No coolers, or outside food & beverages, are allowed. Strollers welcome.
“Tits on a Bull” (New Zealand, 2015)
Set in a women’s rugby team in rural New Zealand, Tits on a Bull follows star player Phoenix as she struggles to choose between her longtime friendship with aging coach Rusty and the new relationship blossoming between her and team captain Melanie.
“Lady Eva” (Tonga, 2017)
Meet the irrepressible Eva Barone, a young transgender woman on a journey of self-discovery in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga—with a little help from Tina Turner along the way.
“Kamaʻāina” (Hawaiʻi, 2020)
After suffering abuse by her stepfather, a 16-year-old queer Mahina must navigate life on the streets, until she eventually finds refuge at the Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae—Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.
“The Rogers” (Sāmoa, 2020)
An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands—the Rogers of Sāmoa.
“Leiti Cop” (Tonga 2020)
She’s Tongan, she’s Leiti and she’s here to save the day!
“Paradise Pride” (Rarotonga, 2022)
Why are the Cook Islands holding firm to a law that most of the rest of the world reformed decades ago, and what’s the toll it’s taking on their people?
“Other People” (Hawaiʻi, 2018)
A surreal look into the final moments of a couple’s relationship as it slips away within a crowded shopping mall.
Photo courtesy of “Kamaʻāina”