AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Sunday 28 April 2.45pm | ACMI Studio | Unclassified Restricted to persons 15 and over unless accompanied by an Adult
Full $19 | Concession $16 | Family Pass $60 | 3 Pass $45 | 5 Pass $75

Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. It's from this unlikely setting that David and Hale finish their terms and return to Hawaii, hoping for a fresh start. Eager to prove to themselves and to their families that this experience has changed them forever, David and Hale struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: can you really go home again?

While roughly eight million tourists flock to Hawaii to vacation each year, the idyllic image of paradise is tenuous for its indigenous Hawaiian population, who rate last on many measures of socio-economic status in their own home. Perhaps most distressing is that 40% of the inmates or parolees in the state are native Hawaiians, while Hawaiians represent only 25% of the overall population. Thus, native Hawaiians, like other communities of colour in the U.S., are struggling from an overrepresentation in the current structure of the criminal justice system. In fact, in 2010, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a State of Hawaii governmental agency, released a report admitting a negative bias exists against native Hawaiians in the state’s justice system. In addition, since 1995, Hawaii has shipped male prisoners thousands of miles away to the continental U.S., likely the most extreme example of prisoner exportation out of state, to for- profit prisons, due to overcrowding. 

Out of State chronicles the experience of native Hawaiian inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona, which was built specifically to house men convicted of crimes in Hawaii.

Director: Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli / Native Hawaiian)
Producer: Beau Bassett (Kanaka Maoli / Native Hawaiian)
USA | 2017 | 79 mins
English | Native Hawaiian| English Subtitles

NOTE: This film is available in the BIRRARANGGA Film Festival 3-pass and 5-pass ticket packages.