As you know, due to the global pandemic, the ESQUIRE and MARIEMONT Theatres are currently closed, but that doesn't mean we don't still need your support! Several Film distributors, including Music Box Films, are now offering select films in Virtual screening rooms! 50% of your $12.00 virtual ticket will support the ESQUIRE and MARIEMONT Theatres and give you a 48 hour Rental of EATING UP EASTER
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Earth Day was 4/22, celebrate by viewing this global wake up call from the remote Pacific.
"Eating Up Easter is a complex and complicated portrait of contemporary island life in the Pacific that I have not seen on screen before, with the filmmaker's island of Rapanui a stand-in for communities anywhere struggling to reconcile traditional cultures, unbridled economic growth, and sustainable futures. This cautionary tale is one of the most important and moving documentaries to come out of Oceania in recent years."
– Vilsoni Hereniko, Professor of Creative Media and filmmaker at the University of Hawaii
Synopsis: The iconic statues and sensationalized "mysteries" of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) have drawn the interest of the world for centuries, attracting curious visitors to its shores. Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and the island’s fragile environment are suffering.
EATING UP EASTER, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people are facing. Crafted as a story passed down to his newborn son, Sergio intertwines the authentic history of the island with the stories of four islanders. In their own voices, these Rapanui reveal the reality of modern life and the actions they are taking to preserve their culture and environment amidst rapid development.
A local ecologist leads recycling efforts to tackle the mounting trash arriving with tourists and the waves of plastic washing up on shore. Two musicians struggle to build a free music school they hope will preserve cultural practices and reunite their fractured community. Sergio's father, formerly the island's first native Governor, attempts to balance traditions against the advantages of development while building a mini-mall in the island’s only town.
EATING UP EASTER reveals and suggests ways forward in tackling the universal complexities of balancing growth and sustainability faced by local communities worldwide.