Associate Professor Lola Quan Bautista recently launched the website for the half-hour educational documentary Breadfruit & Open Spaces (2012), which she produced and directed. The documentary provides a more personal view into research Lola has published in her 2011 book, Steadfast Movement Around Micronesia. Breadfruit & Open Spaces explores the journey of the residents of the Gill-Baza subdivision in Guam and their challenge to hold their ground and find a voice on a new island, while also maintaining their ties to their families on their home islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. Shot in an intimate, backyard style, this film offers a rare look into the personal stories and open living spaces of the Chuukese and Yapese people who live, work, and attend school on Guam, the land where they now grow and prepare their traditional foods.
Breadfruit & Open Spaces won Guam International Film Festival’s 2012 Best Documentary–Short.
Over the summer, Lola has been preparing a version for national public television broadcast on PBS with funding from Pacific Islanders in Communications; air dates will be announced on the CPIS Facebook page.
CPIS graduate assistant Candi Steiner worked with Lola to edit the website. Visit the website for more information and to purchase the film:
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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders.