Summit Frequencies: Ciara Lacy

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Summit editor Will Caron interviews filmmaker Ciara Lacy about her work ahead of a Hawaii International Film Festival hana hou screening of her award-winning directorial debut, "Out of State," which tells the story of two Native Hawaiian men as they readjust to life in Hawaii and rediscover their identities after being incarcerated in a for-profit prison in Arizona.

The film, and many of Lacy's other projects and focuses, deal with a a few key themes, including the importance of home and place to identity, and the challenges local families and indigenous Hawaiians face in attempting to remain in Hawaii, their home, while dealing with the highest cost of living in America, and other social and economic challenges.

Lacy is a recipient of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 2018 National Artist Fellowship.


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