Eating Up Easter OVEE Screening + Director Q&A

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:00 pm

PBS Independent Lens OVEE

Come together on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7pm CT/ 5pm PT / 8pm ET for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up online screening of Eating Up Easter featuring a talkback with filmmakers Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Elena Rapu and United Nations Association of the USA Executive Director Rachel Bowen Pittman. Afterwards, join community-led breakout discussions on topics such as responsible tourism and our National Parks, environmental sustainability in New Jersey, and more.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up in collaboration with Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Basin PBS, Charitable Film Network, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Peace Film Festival, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kansas City Public Library, KIXE, KMOS-TV, MontanaPBS, New Hampshire PBS, Panhandle PBS, PBS Hawai‘i, Pickford Film Center, The Puffin Foundation, Red River Theatres, RiverRun Films With Class, Teaneck International Film Festival, United Nations Association of the USA, WCTE, WKAR, and WSIU Public Broadcasting.

With support from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kartemquin Films, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and PBS.



More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and a beloved environment against a backdrop of a modernizing society and a booming tourism trade.  

Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, Rapu intertwines the authentic history of the island with the stories of four islanders, crafting a moving portrait of a society striving to keep step with the rest of the world while maintaining its own unique identity, and asking the next generation, "what will be left for you?"