Crossing Spaces (review)

Myjolynne Kim

Chuukese scholar Myjolynne Kim provides a review of the Crossing Spaces short film documentary series of three films. The short film series was produced and directed by Chamoru scholar Lola Quan Bautista. Filmed on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, it follows the educational journeys of three Micronesian women: Nanette Fritz from Chuuk, Yoana Amond from Pohnpei, and Chimako Anitok from the Marshall Islands. Through the distinct voices and experiences of these three women, Bautista offers a rare glimpse into the complex realities and challenges of an ethnic group that remains largely stigmatized and misunderstood in Hawai‘i. In doing so, she illuminates gender paradoxes and unfolds compelling narratives of racism, poverty, and gender expectations that the women experience. As an educational narrative, this film presents three Micronesian women at different crossroads in their lives, negotiating spaces for a better education while remaining grounded in their identity and cultural values of family, sharing, and respect in order to improve their lives, their families, and Island communities.

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Submitted by Almah Tararia
June 7, 2022
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