Cosmopolis at the Grassroots

APRIL 28-29, 2011 Honolulu Hawaii 

Honolulu, HI (April 7, 2011) – The 3rd Annual Diversity in Place Film Festival <<Cosmopolis at the Grassroots>> showcases films that explore the inevitably increasing diverse social and built environment we live in and the role that place plays in enabling and/or constraining the emergence of cosmopolitan practices to occur, develop and be nurtured. This two-day event consists of screening and discussions on Thursday April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street, and Friday April 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 (doors open at 4:45) at the ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue, in downtown Honolulu.

On April 28th, the first day of the film fest, we will be featuring Finding Our Way, A documentary film with and about the Burns Lake band and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, two First Nations bands located in north central BC, Canada directed by Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili. Finding Our Way questions how non-metropolitan communities that have been divided, indeed segregated, along Native/non-Native lines for more than a hundred years can find their way towards reconciliation, reparation, and productive co-existence.

The second day, April 29th, we will begin by screening the shorts film submissions’ selection, which presents a wide variety of stories from a variety of places. From Bonnington Square set right in the heart of London, where in the early eighties the one hundred houses of the Square were all squatted, forming a bohemian community from all around the world, to the exotic fruit and vegetables at Brighton Oriental Food Store and Iceland mini-mart’s cheap and cheerful offerings, a market place that brings together products and people from all corners of the world and acts as an arena of cross-cultural pollination embodied in the daily ritual of food buying.

But also, Kona’s (Honolulu, Oahu) painful transformation in He Aha Ka Waiwai?, and the Genderbusters drive around resolving the gender-binary dilemmas of folks all over San Francisco. One Storey makes us reflect on the effects of displacement upon intimate relations, while Life in Bubbles portrays the dilemma and the inner-struggle of those who were born into a privileged position in a state that fails to provide social amenities, justice or peace for the majority of its people in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Then, we will feature Imagining Home by Sue Arbuthnot & Richard Wilhelm, a film that traces the complete transformation of Columbia Villa, a historic, cherished, and maligned Portland, Oregon public housing neighborhood enduring poverty, gang violence, and racial discrimination—yet hoping for a new chance.

On both evenings, a moderated discussion led by Vera Zambonelli with filmmakers Leonie Sandercock, Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm follows the screening.

The festival is free and open to the public.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of the University of Hawai’i Diversity and Equity Initiative, the UHM GRC Livable Cities and Digital Media Studio, The ARTS at Marks Garage, The UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the UH Graduate Student Organization, and the University Students of Urban and Regional Planning. For further info, contact Vera at

For complete screening program, click here.


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