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10th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Visions in the Dark: The Pinky Thompson Story

57 mins | Documentary | Hawaii | Directed by Ty Sanga

Born in 1924, Myron "Pinky" Thompson was a social worker, activist, educator, soldier, and Native Hawaiian historian. Sustaining a serious eye wound at Normandy during WWII, Pinky wore a head bandage that kept him in the dark for some two years – from that darkness emerged a clear vision of his purpose in life. During the early years of the Native Hawaiian cultural renaissance, Pinky served as a leader of key Native Hawaiian organizations and played a pivotal role in garnering millions of dollars of federal funds to effect positive social change.

Part of the Pacific Showcase presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications, this film details a story of challenge and triumph through the life of one of Hawaii’s most important 20th century leaders.

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Ku Kanaka

Dir. Marlene Booth. | 30 mins | Short Documentary | Hawaii

In August 1969, 15-year-old Terry Young dove from a rock wall into shallow water, severing his spinal cord and becoming quadriplegic. Paralyzed from the neck down with only limited use of his hands and arms, Terry finished high school and college, competed as a wheelchair athlete, got arrested for the cause of Hawaiian sovereignty, graduated as a PhD in history, and was a pioneering professor in the new field of Hawaiian Studies.


This short documentary tells the story of how Terry learned from being disabled to value the life he lived and offer hope to dispossessed Native Hawaiians.