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One Voice
 
Documentary
84 minutes
2009
Director(s): Lisette Flanary
USA
Fri 9:30 am Armory
Synopsis

Every year in Hawai'i, 2,000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four part harmony. The school was founded in 1887 - nine years later the Hawaiian language was banned from public schools. Today, there is a resurgence of the language and culture which is reflected in the fierce spirit of competition. Following the elected student song leaders through research, preparation, rituals and rehearsal, we see how this unique tradition strengthens community, instills cultural pride and builds character. As we meet the students' families, their hopes and dreams for the future are revealed and we realize that rivalry among the classes is so intense that generations of past students still remember, and heatedly discuss, the outcomes. Through the eyes of these young Hawaiians, a culture is celebrated as it has survived and flourished through the universal power of music and song.

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