Breadfruit & Open Spaces Reviews

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  1. Aloha, Lola! I’m one of Noe Tupou’s PACS 108 students at KCC. I spoke to you after the discussion following the showing of your documentary “Breadfruit and Open Spaces” at the recent Celebrate Micronesia community event. Noe may have mentioned to you that we had a “free write” exercise immediately following viewing it in our class; then we were instructed to choose 3 words which from that exercise that most impacted or described our feelings about the documentary. Being an overachiever, I took down the class list, which is as follows:
    organized freedom
    diversity targets
    regulation property
    tribulation cohesion
    overcoming adapt
    Breadfruit belong
    resiliency promised sister/brother
    family foundation
    communication *NOTE: the class had several repeated words
    My own choices were Breadfruit, communication and belong; my own free write was written from Kathy’s point of view, because her story seemed to resonate that most with me. I reflected that it was important not only to have a place to belong to me and my family, on which to grow the breadfruit which was such a precious crop to our community and not controlled by the whims of a landlord, but have family, including extended and my promised sister, be accepted by the Chamorro. The concept of communication is reflected in both the dialogue between us and the people of Guam, but between myself and my father, which has often been distant and difficult.
    As you may have recalled, and which I wrote in my followup submission to Noe for this event, we spoke about the kitchen being such an integral part of many cultures; the fellowship, the breaking of bread and fasting and celebrating for happy and sad occasions include the sharing of food. My own family’s celebrations always end up with everyone congregating there, initially with the women, but later the men drifted in as well. And that the mother of one of my good friends, who had emigrated from China, insisted that their kitchen be built outside; however, rather than being used as a gathering place where men and women could be together, her culture viewed this as a way to keep the interior of the house clean — a brilliant solution, really!
    One other comment that I made in my response was that after viewing the apparently successful attempts made by both the Micronesian community and the Chamorros to understand each other and their unique cultures, I do feel that here in Hawaiʻi we are not as gracious about welcoming our Pacific Islander brothers and sisters as perhaps other island communities are, and that faced with the tables turned, how would we feel in another part of the world?

  2. As seen, this 30 min video showed us the struggles of what these people and their cultures went through throughout their entire lives. Through all the diversity and negative comments. They only worried about themselves and their families because they knew who was going to be there with them till end. They had the fear of what others could do in the back of their heads yet still worked hard, still smiled and still laughed. All the individuals shown had different challenges as to who and what their priorities were. To see the landowner on the verge of eviction and fathers saving their daughters from diversity in their own family really says a lot. Focusing on how they can communicate in an open area was so keen to everything they did.

  3. I found this documentary to be very eye opening. They hold their culture so close to them and want to own their own land so that they can have their own farms and be able to have space for when extended family come to stay and possibly live with them. Itʻs so different then Hawaii and the western culture. In a western society families usually push out their family to make room for a family of their own. In this society the Micronesian people are fighting back for control of their land and the rights they have to it and I think thats beautiful because they want to keep their culture and they do not want to loose it.

  4. Going into Pacific island studies class was a decision that i don’t at all regret. For one this class has taught me more than just where and why Micronesian s come and venture into Hawaii and other places, its taught me about the culture and strong traditional like heritage that comes with it, and a good example of that was through a movie that we saw in class, “Breadfruit & Open spaces”. The movie to me opened my eyes and gave me a better realization of what these guys are going through. Ive learned how strong a community is when they can come together and what these traditions are like. One of my favorite parts of this film was when the conflict of no sewage lines came up, I like how EVERYONE from that community stuck together and fought for one another, and i love how they used their tradition as a big part to do so. It kinda makes me wish that people all around could be more like that, more of a community instead of all the hatred and violence going around. This film has definitely impacted myself, its humbled me to see every one the same no matter where you come from, its gave me a realization of the struggle that’s out there and how i should be more thankful of what i do have. All in all this film was very inspirational

  5. I thought this film “Breadfruit & Open Spaces” was really interesting and I enjoyed watching it. What caught my attention was from the beginning seeing how their lifestyles were, how they’re everyday lives were, and how they did things. To me it reminded me kind of the Philippines. Although it didn’t look like luxury or up top place to live, they loved it anyways and still enjoyed it. They had a lot of fun and they were owning up to their land and being proud of it. Parts of the film did make me laugh and smile. When they said things about “their land” and how “they’re going to respect it.” What bothered me was that issue with the sewer subdivision. It made it a harder living and environment but they gave it their all and in the end got what they wanted which made me really happy. They had such good relationships on the ranch also known as “promised sisters/brothers.” What also made me smile was in the end they had a fair where they all came together to celebrate their freedom. Overall this film touched me and I think everyone should watch it and then you’ll realize and see those that live like that differently and you’ll see how intelligent and strong they are.

  6. Impressing about video. Breadfruit is good health for everybody because they love and eats. I remember my friend gave me tried eating about it because it was good taste and felt energy enough in my body.

  7. Hi my name is Kelly and I am a student of Mrs. Tupou at KCC. We had watched your film during our class and I wrote the following as a free write as a reflection piece.

    There is a huge feeling of unity and cohesion of family and the community were also common themes. There were attempts to keeping with tradition and this was huge within the community. Land, family relation and culture were important and vital to keep as morals. The issues standing in way was the EPA with these threats of eviction because the villagers didn’t have the proper sewage lines hooked up to their housing. The villagers fought and won! Although this was considered a small fight won on the grand scale of things, this was a big win for the community. This gained positive attention and support from the rest of the community. A fair was thrown in honor of this, to introduce the culture of their people to the rest of the community. It was received well and most of the community in Guam supported them and their cause. This was a great short film and an eye opening experience. Thank you!

  8. Your movie was extremely interesting! I wouldn’t have understood how deeply your home is rooted to your culture and the absence of that would cause such a distraught. Thank you for this movie, I’m glad I got the chance to see it!

  9. Aloha my name is lidia from Professor tupou class. I just want to say how inspiring it is to watch your video. I love how how the people have so much respect and value for their culture . It was such a positive thing for people to fight for what’s theirs and for the community to come together was amazing. Although it didn’t look like they live a luxury lifestyle , it was nice to see how they love their home. Although they weren’t rich , u can tell they were rich in their heart and they felt rich cause of their love for their land. Very inspiring.

  10. This short video really opened my eyes to see how hardworking these people are. So many changes were happening around them and they were still open to having a positive attitude and maintaining a close relationship with their families. This movie also goes to show how important it is to keep your culture alive. I agree with the fact completely and it was very easy to connect to. Overall I enjoyed watching this video very much and from watching it I found it very humbling because I’ve become more aware that I have my family and my culture close to my heart. Many people need to be more appreciative that they have that.

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