Tonga: The Last Place on Earth (#202)
Tonga, an archipelago of 169 islands in the South Pacific, cut off from modernity as it is physically from the Western world. Each month, however, the United States deports ethnic Tongans convicted of murder, gang violence and other serious crimes to this peaceful island kingdom. Forced to leave behind spouses, children, and family in the U.S., the convicts arrive to an unfamiliar homeland and met by a community wary of their presence. The film explores whether Tonga can absorb this influx of hardened criminals and whether these men and women can adapt and survive in exile or revert to their violent ways. [56 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Series Description: Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture. Episodes: "Na Mele: Jerry Santos", "Splinters", "Road to the Globe" and "Na Loea: The Masters."
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Set in a small seaside village in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea, SPLINTERS follows a group of men and women as they compete for a spot on the National Surfing team. With no access to... [56 minutes]
Na Mele: Jerry Santos (#402)
Legendary musician Jerry Santos shares music and thoughts about his home in Hawai'i. Fellow musicians Kamuela Kimokeo and Hoku Zuttermeister accompany Jerry as they perform at his home and in... [56 minutes]
Road to the Globe (#403)
In 2010, the home of Shakespeare - The Globe Theatre in London, England - issued a proclamation outlining the world's biggest Shakespearean festival: 36 countries, 36 Shakespearean plays, 36... [56 minutes]
Na Loea: The Masters (#404)
NA LOEA: THE MASTERS provides a unique window in the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. From sustainable fishing and land management practices, to preserving traditional... [56 minutes]