ACT OF WAR – Film festival screenings, selected reviews

Film festival screenings

Berlin International Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival • New York
WYNC Human Rights Film Festival • New York
15th Festival du Film d’Amiens • France
Vermont International Film Festival
Kennedy Center • Washington D.C.
Vancouver International Film Festival
Festival International du Nouveau Cinema e de la Video de Montreal
Wellington Film Festival
The Asia Society • New York City
San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival
Asian American Film Festival • Washington, D.C.
Pacific Rim Film Festival • Santa Cruz, California
Black International Cinema • Chicago, New York, Berlin
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
World Community Film Festival • Vancouver
1994 Asia Pacific Film Tour
Best of the Hawai’i International Film Festival tour
Native American Film & Video Festival, National Museum of the American Indian • NYC
First Nations Film & Video Festival of Chicago
Festival of the Dreaming • Sydney
IMAGeNATION Aboriginal Film & Video Festival • Vancouver
Native Americas International Film Exposition • Santa Fe
First Nations Film & Video Festival of Chicago
Native Spirit Festival • London
World Islands Film Festival • Jeju, Korea
GAFFERS Film Festival (Global Art Film Festival) • Sacramento


Reviews, selected quotes

“Act of War” makes the case for Hawaiian sovereignty in scholarly and artful fashion…this film does a good job of avoiding empty rhetoric. It is a potent educational tool.
 Honolulu Advertiser, Sept. 17, 1993
…compelling documentary…relevant facts are presented in painstaking detail…artfully produced…speaks to native Hawaiians, students and history buffs.
 Booklist, Sept. 1, 1994
…outstanding documentary…still photos are used and interwoven with the story to add to the history and enjoyment…music and computer animation are subtly used. I compliment the Hawaiian consultants/writers. Their dedication and hard work will allow many teachers, students, and others the opportunity to know the history of the islands.  
  (Five star rating) Video Rating Guide – Vol. 5, No. 3
Startles in its depth and sweep of history…comprehensive and emotionally potent…a primer on the contemporary revisionist view of Hawaiian history.  Hawaiian history and its gradual subjugation by foreigners is painstakingly re-enacted. Act of War speaks with the moral authority of Native Hawaiians.
  Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival
This film is fascinating from two aspects, the parallels and genealogical proximity to our own Maori history and from the perspective that the US’ subtle annexation of Hawai’i was really the just the beginning of what has turned into a history of stealing in the name of big business.  
  City Voice, Wellington
The question of American authority over native peoples is at the heart of this film…the film makes excellent use of still photos, film footage, artwork, and reenactments, and the moment-by-moment accounts and quotes read from diaries, letters, and press reports add to the realism of this historical event.  The film’s engrossing story paints a very disturbing warning for its viewers.  
 Library Journal – Nov. 15, 1994
Hawai’i’s history is presented from the Native Hawaiian point of view…like their familiar volcanic eruptions, activists threaten to disrupt the beautiful islands as they clamor for their justifiable rights…they have a good point to make.
  School Library Journal – May, 1994