The film, which premiered at the La Film Festival in June, is produced by Beau Bassett and Jeff Consiglio and follows two career criminals who were shipped from their homes in Hawaii to serve their terms at a private prison in the Arizona desert. While incarcerated, they discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate, then return to Hawaii in the hopes of starting anew. As they wrestle with inner demons and outside pressures, they wonder: Can you ever truly go home again?
The festival jurors are Jordan Kandell, who has a story by credit on “Moana”; Tim Rhys of MovieMaker magazine; and director Ty Sang.
“The themes that this powerful, poetic film explores are specifically grounded in a uniquely Hawaiian experience — exploring the struggles of contemporary Hawaiians