DOCUMENTARY SHORT | UK | 15 MINUTES | English, Hawaiian

I am Kānaka

With a dark history, 5% speaking the native language and 10% living in poverty, Hawaii is in danger of losing its traditions forever. “I am Kanaka” gives a glimpse into the future with Kaina Makua’s non-profit program teaching Hawaiian language, sustainability and life skills to disadvantaged indigenous kids aged 5-20.


Directed by Genevieve Sulway

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Genevieve trained professionally as an actor with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA – ranked as one of the top 30 Drama Schools Drama in the world. She went on to appear in commercials, films and TV shows such as Home & Away over the next 10 years. A lateral move into the corporate world saw her living and working in China, Singapore, the U.S and Europe. She returned to the film industry in 2018 graduating with a Masters in Film & TV Producing.

Genevieve founded Salty Paradise Productions and is now based in London, UK. With an innate ability to speak to people, her emotionally compelling storytelling style is the hallmark of her films. She gains unfettered and intimate access to the stories that she captures on film. Her documentaries focus on the underdog experience, underrepresented communities and the power of community spirit overcoming adversity.

The first film she made at 50 was the Spanish documentary “When Worlds Collide”, followed by the Hawaiian film “I am Kanaka (2022) with a third documentary focused on the stories behind the UK bodybuilding industry “Mind Over Muscle – Becoming Big Granty” (2023) due to launch in the 2023 International Film Festival season.

She’s also been employed as a development producer at Chalkboard TV in London and pitched projects to Channel 5 and BBC.


Genevieve Sulway


Genevieve Sulway


Genevieve Sulway


Genevieve Sulway, Tina Imahara, Steven Robinson ASE


Program Three


Sunday, November 5

Screening: 2:30PM

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Fine Arts Theatre

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