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HONOLULU (June 17, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) ---The world premiere of a new Hawaii-produced documentary film about the contemporary Pacific Islands region --titled PACIFIC PASSAGES-- will be presented by Honolulu's South Seas Cinema Society on Saturday, June 28.

Producer-Director Caroline Yacoe says the educational film depicts "contemporary Pacific Islanders, their lives, and their art, as they pass through the universal stages of life from birth to death." Included are scenes of such significant events as coming of age rituals in Papua New Guinea and funerals in Tonga.

The film's narrator, teenage Pacific Islander-American Susan Hullerman, will participate in the world premiere event, together with producer-director Yacoe and co-producer-director Wendy Arbeit, author of the book, BASKETS OF POLYNESIA.

The South Seas Cinema Society, sponsor of the presentation, meets monthly to view films from and about the Pacific. Co-founder Ed Rampell says the Society "wants to raise awareness about the real Pacific and eliminate stereotypes in future Hollywood productions."

The public is invited to the PACIFIC PASSAGES premiere. It takes place at Long's Audio/Video in the Koko Marina Shopping Center, Saturday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 396-3326.

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