Mother Tongue Film Festival: The Wind & the ReckoningFilms, Lectures & Discussions
Saturday, February 24, 2024, 3 – 5:15pm EST
What lengths would you go to keep your family together? Inspired by real-life events, The Wind & the Reckoning explores Native Hawaiians’ stand against government-mandated exile due to leprosy. This film is a powerful statement about the dynamics of resistance and is a point of reflection on the dislocation caused by disease and settler-colonialism in Hawai‘i. Stay after the film for a discussion with Smithsonian curator Halena Kapuni-Reynolds.
The Wind & the Reckoning (dir. David L. Cunningham, 2022)
As an outbreak of leprosy engulfs nineteenth-century colonial Hawai‘i, a small group of infected Native Hawaiians resist government-mandated exile, taking a courageous stand against the provisional government.
The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives.
The festival is a public program of Recovering Voices, a collaboration between Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Asian Pacific American Center.
American Indian Museum, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage