Dear UH Linguistics community,
This is a reminder that this coming Thursday we will welcome UH's own Lisette Flanary (Academy of Creative Media) to screen her new documentary "ONE VOICE" for the LSH! This will be happening on Thursday, November 17 at 6PM in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium. Please join us!
ONE VOICE is a film that is very relevant for our department, as it showcases Hawaiian language and music revitalization right here on O'ahu (see the synopsis below). We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to see the film as a group and talk with the director. You can read more about ONE VOICE here.
The film was also just nominated for the very prestigious IFP Gotham Award in New York City. I saw the film a few months ago and thought it was wonderful. Hope to see you all there!
ONE VOICE is a documentary film that tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Every year in Hawai‘i, 2000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. The Contest is a unique cultural celebration that has become a major local event, broadcasted live on TV, played on the radio, and streamed on the Internet.
ONE VOICE shares the thrill of the competition via the personal stories of the student song directors as they experience the trials and tribulations of competition in this annual high school event. Following the elected student song directors, the audience sees how the tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride, and builds character. The film also explores their world outside of school by meeting their families, or ‘ohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Through the stories and lives of these contemporary high school students, the audience will experience Hawaiian culture as it has survived, flourished, and grown through the universal power of music and song.
Andrea L. Berez
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Director, Kaipuleohone UH Digital Ethnographic Archive
Technology reviews editor, Language Documentation & Conservation