Link to Video (12 minutes)
"Paul Gauguin's first impression of the islands of the South Pacific was the breathtaking view of the mountains of Moorea, which he saw from his ship as he sailed into Tahiti. This program reenacts his visit to these islands, toward which he had been journeying--artistically and spiritually--all his life."
The following are videos about various art forms, art history or individual artists.
Link to Video (57 minutes)
"Ukiyo-e is the Japanese woodblock print of the Edo period (1603- 1867). Not one complete set of Edo period woodblocks remained in Japan until August 1986, when 527 woodblocks of Katsushika Hokusai, the Ukiyo-e master, were discovered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This program attempts to find out why they were in Boston, and introduces the impact of the discovery on the art world."
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"A film essay about Kenojuak, an Eskimo graphic artist who as a wife and mother makes her drawings when she is free of the duties of trail or camp. Discusses the sources of her inspiration; describes the means by which her stone prints are reproduced at the cooperative Art Center of Cape Dorset on fine rice paper for sale in the galleries of the south."
Link to Video (15 minutes)
"Gives a historical overview of the hand-drawn artistry of batik along Java's north coast which blends Chinese, European, Indian and Javanese elements into an exquisite textile."
Link to Video (52 minutes)
"Links the decline of Expressionism with the horror of World War II and an increasingly pragmatic and secular outlook that left little room for the mythic-religious imagery of the past."
Link to Video (49 minutes)
"Two video programs about the refugee experience produced by 20 youths from 10 different countries. Interviews with refugees from Angola, Iran, Palestine, Laos, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Cambodia, Vietnam, Haiti, China, Laos, Ethiopia."
The following are videos about literature and writers.
Link to Video (30 minutes)
"Between readings of poetry, Dr. Kathryn Takara interviews Maya Angelo, a poet, playwright, producer, author, actor, linguist, scholar, and humanist. They discuss the importance of laughter, particularly finding humor amidst a painful world. They also explore the power of poetry with its healing qualities and its music for the human voice. Maya Angelou offers advice to young writers, and she recollects her visits to Hawaiʻi in the 1950s."
Link to Video (60 minutes)
"Four faculty members from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa English dept. discuss American literature, definitions of American literature, and changing attitudes towards the canon of literature. They also discuss local authors and local literature and issues regarding teaching American literature in Hawaiʻi."
Link to Video (51 minutes)
"Presents a literary biography of Gabriel García Márquez, the Columbian novelist and Nobel prize winner, through conversations with the author, his friends, and his critics. Examines the course of García Márquez's life, the source of his plots and characters, and the forces that have engendered his narrative style. Traces his so-called magical realism, a blending of the real and the fantastic, to the cultural diversity of the Caribbean. Explores the history of Columbia."
Link to Video (54 minutes)
"Demonstrates how the life and work of Hemingway were interdependent, revealing the deep roots of his art and outlook and his participation in many of the important events of the twentieth century."