Sinclair Library is involved in an ongoing project to reformat films that are currently only available via obsolete formats, with an emphasis on Hawai'i- and Pacific-related films. Below is a sampling of the films available through this project. The first four films on the list below have been selected because they show how the Sinclair film collections might be used to track changes in an island culture over time. Because of copyright restrictions, the majority of these films are only available to UH users with a valid log-in. To view a list of all currently streaming films (including not just Hawai'i- and Pacific-related content), click here. For more on the reformatting project itself, click here.
In the mid-1920s, Robert Flaherty and his wife, Frances, spent twenty-one months in Samoa observing, recording, and trying to understand Samoan life. Moana, a silent film, is the end result. Scenes of village life are interspersed with a story of the romance of Moana and Faangase. Filmed in the village of Safune on the island of Savaii, Samoa.
Highlights the progress that Pacific Island countries have made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development towards achieving access to quality reproductive health services and a balance between population, social and economic development.
Compilation of coverage, Nov. 1988 through Mar. 1990, of the insurgency relating to the conflict between landowners of Bougainville and the Bougainville Copper Limited operators. Reporters from ABC TV News, notably Sean Dorney, and 7.30 report contribute analyses.
Interviews with Kanak militants in New Caledonia outline the history of French rule since they took over the territory 135 years ago. Portrays the continued French military response to the Kanak people's demands for independence, from 1853 up through the killing of 19 militants in 1988. Shows a tribal village where a school and cooperative have been set up. Highlights activist Susannah Ounei and women's concerns. Some interviews in French with English subtitles.
Go to the "Advanced" tab. Type your search terms into the Search box. Further below there is a scroll box with the title "Type". With the "Ctrl" key pressed down, select these four options: Videorecording/DVD, Musical Recording, Nonmusical Recording, and Serial Videorecording/DVD.
Look at the holdings information at the bottom of the cataloging record. Many of the results will be available at the Wong A/V Center in Sinclair Library. If the video is available electronically, it will be linked in the holdings information. Click on the long URL after "Web Site/Electronic Resource"
Online Film Resources
The photo above is from the film Made in Taiwan, which can be accessed via Films On Demand. Mouse over links for description -- items marked with an asterisk (*) are only available to UH Mānoa students, faculty and staff, with log-in required.
Films on Demand provides streaming access to educational videos in the humanities, social and natural sciences, business and health. Can also search for individual clips within films. Pacific films include Made in Taiwan, Margaret Mead: Coming of Age, Where's the Catch: Pacific Fishing in Crisis, Easter Island in Context: From Paradise to Calamity and others.
The Micronesian Seminar video studio has produced more than 68 videos on health care, migration, history, youth, land, education, economics, business, and social issues. Most are available for free online viewing.
A database of over 3,400 entries on films related to the Pacific Islands—i.e., produced about the Pacific Islands or Islanders or filmed in the Islands. In addition, it includes many films written by, directed by, produced by, or starring Pacific Islanders. The majority of these films will be available at UH-Mānoa's Wong Audio/Visual Center, and will also be cataloged in the library's Voyager catalog; however this database sometimes includes information not included in the Voyager records.