Wayfinders: A Specific Odyssey
Centuries before European explorers ventured beyond their shorelines, the ancestors of today’s Polynesians had sailed to every habitable island in the far corners of the Pacific. This ancient Polynesian sea voyaging tradition comes to life again in Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey. The film sweeps viewers into a seafaring adventure with a community of Pacific Islanders as they build traditional sailing canoes, learn how to follow the stars across the ocean and embark on a 2,000-mile voyage in the wake of their ancestors. As with many indigenous peoples, the cultural identity of Polynesians has become obscured by western belief systems, history and economics. Filmmaker Gail Evenari focuses on the revival of one area of this deeply rooted culture: “wayfinding” — the art of navigating a canoe across long distances using only natural signs: the sun, the moon, the stars and the ocean swells.
Running time: 47 minutes
Coal - The Documentary
The Northwest is directly in the middle of an important controversy about whether or not coal export terminals should be built. Such terminals have the potential to open up extremely lucrative markets for the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel at a time when the U.S. economy continues to struggle, but the potential environmental impacts simply can’t be ignored. Coal is a new documentary that attempts to present a balanced introduction to the complexities of the debate that is raging relative to SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, WA, which is projected to handle 52 million tons of coal exports a year, most of which would be bound for Asia. Filmmakers Katie Campbell and Michael Werner tell the story through an array of voices from both sides of the controversy, making it clear that the opposing sides really operate in separate universes, arriving at their conclusions in totally different ways.
These films are organized by the FHFF as an ongoing fundraiser for the Friday Harbor Film Festival. Show time is at 7:00 p.m.
Running time: 27 minutes