October 7, 2019 10:16 am
Eating Up Easter, a film by Sergio M. Rapu and Elena Rapu, will make its Chilean premiere at the 26th Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia on October 8 and 10.
In a cinematic letter to his son, native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu provides a global wake up call from the remote pacific. His film explores how their people - descendants of the ancient statue builders - are facing the consequences and dilemmas of rapid development of their home, and are recycling traditions in a bid for environmental sustainability.
“After 7 years of work, we are so excited to finally be premiering our film in Chile and furthering the discussion of not only the environmental and cultural issues within our island but also within this great country,” said director/producer Sergio M. Rapu. “We as Chileans have long benefited from the fruits of our land and oceans and clearly understand the fragility of this planet.”
Watch the film’s official trailer HERE.
The film had its world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival and is a selection of the upcoming Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York, and has already screened to acclaim at festivals around the world, from the UK to New Zealand, Guam, and Portugal.
The film is slated for a broadcast premiere in the USA on the PBS strand Independent Lens in February 2020.
Upcoming screenings for the film include showings at the Guam International Film Festival, the International Green Culture Festival in Serbia, and the IMAGINEnative Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. Find all upcoming screenings here.
Eating Up Easter is a co-production of Mara Films, Kartemquin Films, and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), presented in association with Plastic Oceans International, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Independent Television Service (ITVS), Princess Grace Foundation, and Ford Foundation Just Films.