Screening: Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El Espiritu de los Ancestros / by Ahilapalapa Rands

In*ter*is*land Collective is very privileged to show the film Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El Espiritu de los Ancestos (2015) by Leonardo Pakarati.

Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El Espiritu de los Ancestos tells the story of a grandfather and girl who journey from Rapanui (Easter Island) to London in search of their Moai ancestor, Hoa Hakananai’a (lost or stolen friend).

The film will be introduced through a short conversation with with yuin Dharawal man Rodney Kelly who has been campaigning since 2016 for the return of his ancestral artefacts, taken on the day James Cook arrived a Botany Bay in 1770.

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Rodney Kelly is based in Bermagui NSW, has traveled to London six times to speak with the British Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, which hold, respectively the well-known Gweagal Shield, a number of spears and other artefacts.

Leonardo Pakarati runs his own production company. He founded the first local TV channel in Rapanui, becoming the director of TV & Programming, and more recently makes films and documentaries.

The screening is part of the open studio weekend at Raven Row, 56 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS running from Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 May 2019.