“Filmmaker Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu’s film has also won the top prize at three Oscar-qualifying festivals.” V. Schilling, ICT, Feb, 27, 2021
Excerpt: Hawaiian animated short film ‘Kapaemahu’ hits Oscar’s shortlist By Vincent Schilling, ICT, Feb, 27, 2021
“Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and filmmaker Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu has been gaining international acclaim for her latest short animated film ‘Kapaemahu.’
The film has just garnered a coveted spot on the 93rd Academy Awards Oscars shortlist in the Animated Short Film category. Additionally, and after playing at more than 100 film festivals internationally, ‘Kapaemahu’ received the top award at three Oscar-qualifying festivals…Wong-Kalu told Indian Country Today that her message is one of hope and healing.
“The message that I would like to share with all people, is that in this time of the world needing healing, I hope that this story is perhaps a glimmer of hope for those who may need it. Healing requires us really consider the balance in our lives. Balance is about a duality of spirit in each and every one of us, for some of us … it doesn’t pull one way or the other. It’s very strong on both sides.”