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Alexander Street and Indigeneous Voices Collection

The library has select video titles from Alexander Street and also the Ethnographic Video Online: Indigenous Voices, a comprehensive resource of more than 650 documentaries, feature films, and short films made by and for indigenous people and communities from around the world.

Alexander Street individual titles:

  • The Immortal Emperor
  • Mind of a Rampage Killer
  • Pride and Prejudice mini-series
  • Whale Rider
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin?

The Indigeneous Voices collection includes many films focused on Hawaiʻi, including:

  • Hawaiian Art of Healing
  • Holo Mai Pele: The Epic Hula Myth
  • Kahoʻolawe Aloha ʻAina
  • Keepers of the Flame: The Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women
  • Kumu Hina
  • Nation Within
  • Words, Earth & Aloha: The Sources of Hawaiian Music

Explore the collection to find more!


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All Kanopy titles UH Hilo has access to.

Bird Of Paradise (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 1932
1hr 22min
"From legendary award-winning director King Vidor (The Crowd, Duel in the Sun) comes an exotic tale of romance set in gorgeous Polynesia. Johnny (Joel McCrea) is an intrepid young sailor traveling the South Seas who falls in love with Luana (Dolores del Rio), the beautiful daughter of an island chief. But Luana is betrothed to a neighboring native prince, and is soon to be married. With little thought to the future, Johnny and Luana elope together, searching for paradise in each other's arms. With McCrea at his most dashing and del Rio at her alluring height, this is a movie of wild eroticism and thrilling adventure, and not to be missed."

Gather (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 2020
1hr 14min
"Gather follows the stories of natives on the frontlines of a growing movement to reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. An indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people."

The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 2010
59 min
"Six thousand miles west of California, the Mariana Islands are American territory; but after generations of loyalty, the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas still remain second-class US citizens. Following the personal stories of four indigenous island leaders, this provocative film explores the history of American colonization in the Pacific - a moving story of loyalty and betrayal, about a patriotic island people struggling to find their place within the American political family."

Monuments Men (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 2014
44 min
"During WWII the Nazis plundered some of the world's greatest art works as they tore across Europe. We find out how the Allies tracked them down, what they saved and what it still missing to this day." (Note: this is not the George Clooney, Matt Damon movie)

Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 2008
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority is the remarkable political journey of an Asian American woman who battled racism and sexism, shattered barriers and redefined American politics. In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for U.S. president and co-authored Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to Americaʼs women. The film goes beyond Minkʼs accomplishments to reveal a woman whose political journey was often lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she encountered sexism within her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly maneuvered against her. Her liberal politics, particularly her vocal opposition to the Vietnam War, engendered intense criticism. As Franklin Odo, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, says, “Patsy Mink offers a phenomenal political story, because she was so outside what you would expect of a woman, of a Japanese American and of a member of Congress.” A woman of the people as well as a pioneer, a patriot and also an outcast, Patsy Minkʼs story proves endlessly intriguing, and is one that embodies the history, ideals and spirit of America.”

The Rape of Europa: The Systemic Theft and Destruction of Europe's Art Treasures (Licensed for UH Hilo users only)
Release Date: 2008
1hr 56min
"The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. On a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures."

Films on Demand

Films on Demand has videos in all subject areas from producers including A&E, Films for Humanities & Sciences, Green Planet Films, HBO, Ken Burns, National Geographic, PBS, and many more!

  • The videos in Films on Demand are divided into segments to make finding specific information easy so you don’t have to watch a 60-minute video to find the 3-minute part on your topic. The search box defaults to searching by segments, so you might see what looks like a lot of duplicates, but that’s because there may be multiple segments about one topic in a film.
  • By selecting the name of the segment (first link) you will be taken to exactly that point in the film. By selecting the film title (second link) you will be taken to the beginning of the entire film. If there are a lot of segments listed from one film, you might want to watch the whole thing.

Films on Demand has many tools to make the most of the video (see image below).

Films on Demand (Hawaiʻi CC access)
Provides educational videos in streaming video format. Searchable by title and segment. Each video has closed captioning and a transcript.

Films on Demand (UH Hilo access)
Provides educational videos in streaming video format. Searchable by title and segment. Each video has closed captioning and a transcript.

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